Child Custody Evaluations in Minnesota Family Court
In some Minnesota Divorce and Family Law cases, a Child Custody Evaluation (conducted by Court Services or by a private evaluator such as a Social Worker, Psychologist, Therapist or an experienced legal professional) can aid the Judge in making a custody determination that is in the best interests of the minor child or children. The custody evaluation should be performed by a person with substantial experience dealing with Family Court. Minnesota Courts use the child’s best interests as the guiding principle when determining child custody (there are 13 different statutory best interest factors and 1 case law imposed best interest factor, which is anticipated removal).
In many divorce and family law cases, parents share Legal custody and Physical custody for their child or children. This is referred to as Joint Legal and Joint Physical custody.”Joint legal custody” means that both parents share the responsibility for making decisions regarding how to raise the child, including the right to participate in major decisions about the child’s education, health care, and religious training.”Joint physical custody” means that the routine daily care and control and the residence of the child is structured between both of the parents.
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