Many of the clients we represent at Hajek & Beauclaire LLC are fathers who want to be involved in the lives of their children following divorce or the breakup of an unmarried relationship. Whether you are seeking primary child custody or increased visitation rights, our lawyers will work to overcome gender bias and obtain your goals.
Child custody in Minnesota is determined by the best interests of the child. Courts consider 13 factors in determining what those best interests are. None of the factors are gender-based, and no one factor may be used to the exclusion of other factors. The factors include:
- The wishes of the child's parent or parents
- The reasonable preferences of the child, if the child is of sufficient age to express preference
- Who has been the child's primary caretaker
- The intimacy of the relationship between each parent and the child
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parent, parents, siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interests
- The child's adjustment to home, school and community
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity
- The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home
- The mental and physical health of the individuals involved
- The capacity and disposition of the parties to give the child love, affection and guidance and to continue educating and raising the child in the child's culture and religion or creed, if any
- The child's cultural background
- The effect of the child on the actions of an abuser
- The disposition of each parent to encourage and permit frequent and continuing contact by the other parent (except in cases in which there has been a finding of domestic abuse)
These factors apply to children whose parents are divorced or divorcing as well as to children of unwed fathers and mothers.
Custody Rights Of Fathers In Minnesota
For more information about child custody for men, call the Minneapolis fathers' rights attorneys of Hajek & Beauclaire LLC at 612-801-5067 (888-651-2097 toll free) or fill out the contact form on this website.