Child Custody Attorney

In Minnesota, there are two types of child custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to the child's primary residence and the ability to make daily life decisions. Legal custody refers to the right to make major life decisions that affect the child's health, education and religious decisions.

Both parties can share physical and legal custody, or one parent may have sole custody. Parenting time, also known as visitation, refers to the schedule outlining the time each parent spends with the children.

Whether you are interested in creating a parenting plan or have questions about custody, it's important to work with an experienced child custody lawyer. From my law office — SJS Family Law — I work with parents in St. Louis Park, Edina and Minnetonka and throughout Minnesota to handle all child custody issues that arise, including:

  • Interstate child custody
  • Modification of custody arrangements
  • Physical and legal custody

Understanding How Custody Is Determined

Although custody and parenting time are related, they do not automatically have an impact on each other. For example, one parent could have sole legal and physical custody, but the parents could still have 50/50 parenting time.

In Minnesota, custody is determined by looking at the best interests of the children. Some of the issues that are considered in that determination include:

  • The preferences of the child
  • Who the child's primary caretaker is
  • The intimacy of the relationship between each parent and the child
  • The child's adjustment to home, school and community
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved

Learn more about creating a visitation schedule by scheduling a consultation. You can reach me, attorney Stephanie J. Sternke, through an online contact form or by calling 612-568-5967.