Child Custody in the Lake Elmo and Edina Areas

Children are often at the heart of divorce. There are no two families alike, no two judges alike, and no two solutions alike. Every county court in Minnesota has a different set of expectations when it comes to custody and visitation rights. Having worked in the Twin Cities metro area for years, we know the court systems, the expectations and processes required in your county for child custody arrangements.

At de Beer & Associates, we understand how critical these issues are to parents and know that issues involving children are often the most emotional. Our child custody lawyers are ready to assist you with all of your child custody concerns. Call us toll free at (651) 714-2378 for a free initial consultation. You may also reach our lawyers online.

Resolving Child Custody Issues Throughout Minnesota

There are two types of child custody in Minnesota: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody grants the power to make major life decisions for the child, such as those involving his or her health and his or her education. Physical custody determines which parent has responsibility for providing a place to live and taking care of the daily needs of the child.

Most custody cases end with a parenting plan in place that grants primary physical custody to one parent, with the other parent having a set number of overnights, and joint legal custody. For sole custody to be granted, there typically must be factors at play that result in one parent being viewed as unfit to share physical or legal custody, such as evidence of substance abuse or a history of domestic violence.

When agreements can be reached by the parents on a satisfactory arrangement, it is almost guaranteed to be approved by a judge as long as it is in the best interest of the child. Our team can help you reach an agreement or, if that is not possible, fight for your rights in litigation. We are strong negotiators and litigators who understand what it takes to present a strong case and achieve success in mediation or at trial.

If you have issues with a custody plan that is already in place, such as relocating with a child or needing to change custody for any reason, our team can help with that as well. We will go over all of your options for a modification in your initial consultation.

Consult With an Experienced Custody Attorney

The first step toward protecting your parental rights in a custody case is discussing your situation with a knowledgeable attorney. You can rely on our attorneys to reassure you and make sure you are headed down the right path. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout the Twin Cities metro, including St. Paul and Woodbury.