Minneapolis Child Custody Lawyer

Divorce And Family Law Services For The Twin Cities Metro Area

Count on it: When parents file for divorce in Minnesota and have difficulty agreeing on custody and visitation rights, the child's best interests will always be the court's highest priority.

Protecting your child's future is one of the most important issues to be addressed during the divorce or paternity process. At Dove Fretland, PLLP, we are dedicated to creating child custody agreements and parenting time/visitation schedules that enable a safe, healthy future for your child.

From our offices in St. Louis Park, our custody rights attorneys represent clients throughout the Twin Cities seven-county metro area. Senior partner Paul Dove has been listed in Who's Who in America. Senior partner Laura Fretland and Attorney Lori McLaughlin have each received recognition as Minnesota Super Lawyers in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. In addition, a number of our family law attorneys have received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV Preeminent* peer review rating.

Call us at 952-479-4376 to arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced Minneapolis child custody attorneys. You may also use our convenient email contact form to describe your circumstances. We will reply as quickly as possible to arrange an initial case evaluation. We cannot give legal advice over the telephone.

Two Types Of Custody Under Minnesota Law

In most divorces involving children in Minnesota, there will be two types of custody consideration the courts must deal with:

  • Physical custody: Determines which parent the child will live with as primary caregiver and residence. Judges have discretion to consider two types of physical custody. Sole physical custody is when one parent is awarded the primary responsibility of the day-to-day care of the child. Joint physical custody requires both parents to share in the responsibilities. Joint physical custody does not necessarily mean a 50-50 split in parenting time, however. Physical custody awards may include specifics regarding which parent is responsible for particular aspects of the child's upbringing.
  • Legal custody: Refers to a parent's right to make decisions about a child's health care, education and religious upbringing. In Minnesota, legal custody is most commonly shared between both parents. The primary exception is when there is an issue (such as abuse) that could affect a child's safety.

Contested Custody And Custody Evaluations

When parents are contesting custody, an evaluator will interview the parents, the children and witnesses named by each party. From these interviews, the evaluator will prepare a report that includes recommendations for custody and visitation. This is based on the best interests of the child. These recommendations will have a significant influence on the final outcome.

Have things changed in your life since your divorce? Visit our Custody and Support Modifications information page.

Contact An Experienced Minnetonka Child Visitation Attorney

Call us at 952-479-4376 or contact our offices by email to arrange an initial consultation. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and we can make evening and weekend appointments by special arrangement. We offer ample free parking at our office building in St. Louis Park.

Our firm is recognized for integrity, including ethical representation, competitive hourly rate options and responsible billing policies. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for your convenience.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.