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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 of a minor child who resided outside of Minnesota… Read More
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How a Parent's Sexuality…

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 recognizing same-sex marriages in the State of Minnes… Read More
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Learning to Trust: Parent…

Learning to Trust: Parenting Time and Very Young Children

It’s completely natural for you, as a parent, to want to spend as much time with your baby as possible. And, of course, your baby needs to develop strong relationships with both parents. But the way in which divorced or separated parents spend… Read More
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“Children Are Not Backp…

“Children Are Not Backpacks:” Whose Needs Does Your Parenting Schedule Serve?

When parents can no longer live together, one of the first orders of business is to figure out how each of them will spend time with their children. There are any number of possible configurations for parenting time, and parents are often focused on… Read More
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Cooperating in Co-Parenti…

Cooperating in Co-Parenting: How it Affects Custody

One of the “best interests” factors that Minnesota courts consider in custody disputes is “the willingness and ability of parents to cooperate in the rearing of their child; to maximize sharing information and minimize exposure of the child to… Read More
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Keeping Your Child Connec…

Keeping Your Child Connected to Their Other Parent

You probably had excellent reasons for ending your marriage or your relationship with your child’s other parent. Those reasons may have included behavior on your ex’s part that made it seem like spending time with them would not be good f… Read More
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Parenting Time with Both…

Parenting Time with Both Parents: How it Matters

How important is it for your children to spend time with you? If you’re like most parents, you’d say it’s very important. When you spend time with your children, you’re communicating, sharing about things as mundane as what ea… Read More
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Maintaining Your Child's…

Maintaining Your Child's Important Relationships

“It’s not just about you!” How many times have you heard someone say that? Ordinarily, it’s meant to snap people out of a self-centered bubble. But when it comes to your child’s custody, it’s literally true: it’s not… Read More
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How Major Life Changes Af…

How Major Life Changes Affect Your Child, and Your Custody

Studies have shown that when undergoing life changes, the more control people have over a transition, the more successfully they navigate it. Divorce, naturally, is one of the largest and most disruptive changes that any of us can go through. That… Read More
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Are You Willing and Able…

Are You Willing and Able to Meet Your Child's Ongoing Needs?

How willing and able are you to fulfill your child’s various ongoing needs? How you answer that question may have a serious impact on your custody matter. Minnesota resolves custody disputes based on what’s in “the best interests of the… Read More
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