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Minnesota Child Custody & Minnesota Child Support

When deciding issues of custody, visitation, and support, Minnesota family courts, like their counterparts in other states, always look to the best interests of any children involved in a divorce. Minnesota courts will push for the parents to work together in a cooperative manner in working out the details of raising the children after the divorce. The court will get involved in this decision if the parties cannot agree. The following topics address the laws governing Minnesota child custody and support.

Minnesota Child Custody:
Minnesota courts will go to great lengths to lessen the emotional impact of divorce on the children involved. If the parents cannot agree on a plan for custody, the court will decide what is best for the children. This decision will be based on factors such as the willingness of one parent to encourage a continued relationship between the children and the other parent, as well as any history of violence or abusive conduct of any parent.
Minnesota Child Support:
In Minnesota child support is calculated by a formula that takes into consideration the income of both parents and the number of children. The court can consider unusual circumstances or situations of the parties. See the Minnesota Child Support Worksheet for more information on the numeric factors considered. Also, see Minnesota Divorce Laws & Resources for child support enforcement resources.
When it comes to childrearing after divorce, a Minnesota divorce lawyer can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, as well as serve as your advocate and/or counsel when negotiating a parenting agreement.