Parents often know what is best for their children; however, during a divorce, it can be difficult to determine what is in the best interest of the children. The complexities of the dissolution process can often interfere with the decisions made regarding custody, and divorcing parents often do not see eye-to-eye when it comes to developing a parenting plan. Even when parents agree that a joint custody arrangement is best and workable post-divorce, disputes could emerge, requiring parents to take necessary steps to resolve these matters.
At Seridan & Dulas, P.A., we help Minnesota parents make informed decisions regarding their child custody matters. We understand the importance of a child-parent relationship, and we work hard to meet the needs and goals of our clients. Whether it is the first, second or third time a parent is addressing a custody matter, our attorneys stress the importance of clients being fully informed of their situation and possible resolutions.
There is a difference between physical and legal custody, and understanding the rights these afford to parents could help divorcing parents reach an agreeable order. Physical custody refers to where the child lives and affords that parent to make basic decisions about the child’s day-to-day activities. On the other hand, legal custody refers to the parents’ right to be involved in major decisions about the child’s upbringing such as their education, health care and religion.
With regards to parenting time, this issue will need to be addressed in all custody matters because it defines how time with the child will be divided between the parents. Whether parents agree on a joint-custody or sole-custody arrangement, parenting time will need to be determined because joint-custody does not automatically mean a 50-50 arrangement and sole-custody does not mean the child spends all their time with one parent.
It is important to understand the wide spectrum of possible outcomes custody arrangements could produce, ranging from co-parenting to sole-custody. Our experienced attorneys have helped past clients successfully navigate the process, helping them establish a workable custody order.
To learn more, check out our law firm’s child custody website. This could provide general information regarding child custody issues and possible resolutions. Divorce can be a complex process, however, when children are involved, it is important to make timely and informed decisions.