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Are changes in custody law in children's best interest?

One of the most contentious issues in many state legislatures throughout the nation is the idea that joint or equal physical custody should be mandatory for any children of a couple who are divorcing. In many states, joint, shared custody has been suggested as being the preferred custody choice by the legislature, but typically judges have the discretion to determine custody based on what is in the best interests of the child.

What is a standby custodian in Minnesota?

Most Minnesota residents would agree that parents love their children unconditionally and will always do what's best for them. Sometimes, situations develop in a parent's life where they may not be able to take care of their children. In times like this, Minnesota parents can employ a legal method known as a standby custodian. But, what exactly is a standby custodian and what are its limitations?

Situations when Minnesota grandparents can seek visitation rights

It's unfortunate, but not all Minnesota grandparents are able to visit their grandchildren. Their relationship with the child's parents may have broken down or the family may have moved out of state. However, there are situations when a Minnesota grandparent can file a motion with a family court requesting visitation with their grandchildren. So, here are three situations when this type of motion can be filed. However, Minnesota courts will only grant such a petition if they believe that contact with the child will be in the best interest of the child and will not obstruct the relationship between the child and the parent.

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