Throndset Michenfelder Law Office LLC
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We Want What's Best For You And Your Child

Just thinking about a child custody fight can be daunting, not only for the parents, but for the child as well. Disputes about living arrangements and sharing can easily lead to stress and anxiety that oftentimes only make matters worse for the family.

At Throndset Michenfelder Law Office LLC, we understand what you're going through and are here to help with the process. Attorney Attorney Mary E. Cincotta has 15 years of experience handling a variety of family law matters, including custody issues concerning:

  • Grandparent's rights
  • Unmarried couples
  • Paternity
  • Child abductions (parental kidnapping)
  • Parental relocations

Types Of Custody In Minnesota

Physical Custody
A parent has the right to make decisions about where the child lives and about the routine day-to-day activities of the child.

Sole Physical Custody
The child lives primarily with one parent that has sole physical custody (though the noncustodial parent always has a right to "parenting time," also know as "visitation," with the child). The percentage of time the child spends with each parent plays a direct role in the calculation of child support.

Legal Custody
The parent has the right and obligation to make decisions about the major issues regarding a child's upbringing, such as the child's education, health care and religious training.

Joint Legal Custody
Both parents share the responsibility for making decisions regarding how to raise the child and must agree to such decisions. In Minnesota, the courts have a presumption to award joint legal custody if it is requested by either parent.

Sole Legal Custody
This might be awarded to one parent rather than the other if there is a demonstrated inability of the parents to cooperate or if a history of domestic abuse or violence is shown.

The Best Interests Of The Child

Under Minnesota law, the court looks at 13 factors when determining the child's "best interests" in granting both legal custody and physical custody. This occurs if the parents are not able to reach an agreement about the custody of the child.

In 95 percent of custody cases, the parents do reach an agreement. At Throndset Michenfelder Law Office LLC, we will make sure you are prepared and know what to expect in all legal matters and promise responsive service throughout.

Get Our Help Today

Whether you've just started negotiations or are already in the throes of a custody battle, we are ready and capable of helping you resolve the situation.

For a free initial consultation with a lawyer from our firm, call 763-515-4148 or send us a message online. Appointments are available at our two office locations in St. Michael and Maple Grove. Weekend appointments are available on request.

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