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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services.  So far, not one client or staff member has become infected based on contact at this office and we will continue with safety protocols in an attempt to keep it that way. My office will continue to put the safety of our staff and you as our top priority. We do greatly appreciate your cooperation in conducting business in a safe fashion by utilizing current technology. Regardless of what happens, we will continue to take care of all of your legal needs.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

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Who Gets Child Custody In Minnesota?

Child custody decisions are often the most difficult part of any divorce or separation. Custody decisions also factor into other situations — for example, in domestic abuse cases or situations involving unmarried parents.

In Minnesota, there are two types of custody: legal and physical. A single parent may be awarded sole legal custody or sole physical custody, or parents may receive joint custody. In general, courts make custody decisions based on the best interests of the children. If your children are old enough, Minnesota courts may consider their own wishes in making custody decisions.

  • Legal custody gives parents basic parental rights such as participation in major decisions (even if the child does not live with you) and access to basic information about the child, including medical and school records. In most cases, joint legal custody is awarded to both parents, but there are some situations in which legal custody will be awarded to only one parent.
  • Physical custody determines where the child resides. There are three possible physical custody situations: sole physical custody with one parent, sole physical custody with the other parent or joint physical custody. Joint physical custody generally involves equal time with each parent. In most cases, physical custody is only awarded to one parent, but courts are increasingly willing to award physical custody to both parents.

Caring Guidance Through Custody Determinations

The child custody attorneys at Ed Shaw Law know how important custody determinations are. We are here to make difficult family law matters as easy as possible for both your children and you, the parents or guardians. You can trust us to answer your questions and guide you through this difficult journey with attention and care.

Call Us For A Free Consultation

You do not need to face emotional child custody cases on your own. To learn more about how we can help you and your children, please call us at 218-825-7030 or send us a message online. Our lawyers offer free consultation over the phone or at one of our family-friendly offices in Brainerd and St. Cloud.