What’s the Difference Between Physical and Legal Custody in Minnesota?

The phrase “custody” is used to describe the obligations, and rights, of parents regarding the care of their children. Child custody issues come about when an unmarried couple has a child together, or when married parents get a divorce. The two types of child custody in Minnesota are physical custody and legal custody. Legal custody involves a parent being able to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing and well-being (religion, … Read More

Podcast: Establishing Physical & Legal Custody Under Minnesota’s Best Interest Standard

In this edition of The Family Law Show, we offer an overview of the standards Minnesota judges use in determining the physical and legal custody of children. Custody is an emotionally-charged issue, with a lot of uncertainty for parents and kids. Topics in this podcast include the difference between physical custody and legal custody, joint custody as compared to sole custody, the "best interest of the child" factors and the key facts … Read More

Child Custody Standard In Minnesota: Best Interest Of The Child

There are two types of custody in Minnesota: physical and legal. A parent may receive sole or joint custody. A non-custodial parent will likely receive an award of parenting time. The "best interests of the child" governs these issues. In examining the best interests of a child, the Court will examine 13 criteria, including: The wishes of the child's parent or parents as to custody; The reasonable preference of the child as to custody, … Read More