Creating Workable Child Custody Arrangements
Sometimes, parents split up. However, just because the relationship between the parents looks different, the relationship each parent has with their child continues. Children from homes where there is a minimum of conflict have a better chance of remaining attached to each parent, even after the split. Children whose parents help them transition between each new home fare even better.
Parents who are splitting up have many questions, such as:
- Where will their children live?
- How will custody and parenting time be determined?
- How much time will each parent get to spend with their children?
- What is a parenting plan and how does it work?
The best interests of the children are the most important facet in custody disputes. My name is Amanda Mason-Sekula, and I work with my clients to create the best possible result for the children in contested custody matters.
Child Custody Arrangements In Minnesota
I believe that, except in situations where abuse is a factor, children need both parents to be involved in their lives. The best way to ensure a healthy home environment for kids is to create a child-centered custody arrangement that is practical for everyone involved.
In Minnesota, there are a few distinct categories related to custody:
- Legal custody: Provides a parent with decision-making authority regarding the child’s education, medical care and religion
- Physical custody: Related to the child’s residence and the day-to-day care of the child
- Parenting time: The schedule regarding when the child will spend time with each parent, including holiday and vacation time
Minnesota sets forth a list of factors that the court must consider when making custody and parenting time decisions. I have experience working with these factors and provide that insight to each of my clients.
Fair And Equitable Child Support Arrangements
In Minnesota law, child support payments are determined based on a formula that considers each parent’s income, day care costs, insurance and other expenses. However, judges have the discretion to modify payment levels based on a child’s special needs and any expenses that are out of the ordinary. Having an experienced Minnesota family law attorney on your side can be critical to making sure that support payments are fair.