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Father with Beer - Drinking Affecting Your Parenting Time

Is Your Drinking Affecting Your Parenting Time?

We live in a society that has normalized drinking, even drinking to excess. T-shirts that say “It’s beer o’clock.” Insulated travel coffee mugs emblazoned with “This might be wine.” Most a…
Heart-Shaped Waffles - Home is Where the Heart is

Home is Where the Heart is

In recent years, you may have noticed, some of the language around divorced parents and children has changed. What used to be called “visitation,” for instance, is now called “parent…
Mother Talking to Parenting Consultant

How to Use Parenting Consultants in Your Divorce

Raising children with another person is a challenge even when you are married. When you are divorcing, with separate households, different parenting styles, and your own rules, things often become muc…
Father and Son with Moving Boxes

What Happens When One Parent Moves Out of State?

When a couple breaks up or divorces, one or both partners may need to move on in a literal, as well as an emotional, sense. Sometimes that involves a move outside the state of Minnesota. Perhaps there…
Unmarried Pregnant Woman Smiling

Unmarried and Pregnant in Minnesota? Five Things You Need to Know

If you’re having a baby, but you’re not married to the baby’s father, you may have a lot of questions about your rights, the father’s rights, and some of the resources availabl…
Girl with Tap Shoes

Can Your Parenting Plan Be Too Detailed?

There’s no doubt that a lack of detail in custody agreements and parenting plans can send parents back to court seeking clarification. To avoid this, some parents try to envision every possible…
Grandfather and grandson

How Can a Grandparent or Third Party Adopt a Child?

Children need love, guidance, care, and protection. Usually parents provide that care, often with the support of other adults in the child’s life. But as we all know, there are times when biolog…

Homophobic Parent: The relevance in the determination and modification of child custody.

Despite the significant progress of the LGBTQ movement over the last several decades homophobia is alive and well in America. I was recently listening to a call-in advice podcast. The caller, a mother…
Parent Sexuality and Child Custody

How a Parent's Sexuality Affects Child Custody in Minnesota

In 1993, the Minnesota Human Rights Act was enacted, prohibiting certain forms of discrimination due to specific characteristics including sexual orientation. In 2013, a bill became law officially rec…
Girlfriend is Pregnant

What to Do When You Find Out Your Girlfriend's Pregnant

Can a man make a woman a mother without her making him a father? Yes, and this isn’t a trick question. In Minnesota, an unmarried man who gets his girlfriend pregnant unquestionably makes her a…

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