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How to Establish Paternity in Minnesota

When a couple is married, and one spouse gives birth, Minnesota law states the other spouse is legally presumed to be the baby’s parent. (While that… Read More
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What is the Difference Between Supervised and Unsupervised Parenting Time?

As a parent, you are probably used to seeing your child every day, in the most ordinary of ways: when they wake you up in the morning, when you have m… Read More
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Does My Child Get Input Into Custody Decisions?

As adults, we tend to take it for granted that we have control over our life decisions, both minor (like what to make for dinner) and major (where we… Read More
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Scheduling Parenting Time When Co-Parenting in Different States

Parenting time is essential to keeping a child’s relationship with both parents strong when parents live in different households. What is now called… Read More
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How Parental Alienation Affects Child Custody

Parental alienation involves sustained efforts by one parent (the alienating parent) to turn a child against the other parent (the targeted parent). I… Read More
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How Divorced Couples Can Handle Vaccine—and Other Health—Disagreements for Their Child

In Minnesota, as in most states, courts prefer divorced parents to share joint legal custody of their children, which means making major decisions for… Read More
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How the ACEs Test Can Be Used in a Child Custody Case

In Minnesota, as in other states, child custody is decided based on what would be “in the best interests of the child.” The list of “best intere… Read More
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What is an “Unfit Parent?”

Even the best parents have insecurities about how they are performing in that role. It’s easy to wonder if you are being too strict, or too lenient,… Read More
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How Can a Mother Lose Custody of Her Child?

In decades past, it was common for mothers to be granted custody of the children in a divorce, with fathers being given “visitation,” having the c… Read More
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Dealing With a Crying Child at Parenting Time Transition

Transitions can be difficult for children, especially young children or kids with anxiety issues. One of the most difficult transitions for children c… Read More
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Seven Mistakes to Avoid in a DIY Divorce

We’ve been known to tell people in the past that getting a divorce is kind of like cutting your hair: sure, you CAN do it without the help of a prof… Read More
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Mother and daughter on a laptop at home

Advantages of Using Our Family Wizard for Co-Parenting Communication

The key to successful co-parenting after a divorce or breakup  is effective communication. Unfortunately, miscommunication is all too easy, and a fai… Read More
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A young mexican father and his little boy sitting in front of the coffee table at home and drawing on a notebook with a pencil and a crayon.

Why Unmarried Parents in Minnesota Need an Agreement

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This quote was probably coined for the business world, but it applies in a lot of other settings, too—i… Read More
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COVID-19 and Minnesota Parenting Time: What’s Changed?

In the course of a few months, it seems like the world has turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. The most mundane of… Read More
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Changing Your Child’s School When You Have Joint Custody

As a parent, you’re used to making decisions for your child, both large and small. When you divorce or separate from your child’s other parent, th… Read More
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