Helping Minnesota Fathers Resolve Custody Matters
At Hajek & Beauclaire LLC, our clients are fathers who want to preserve their relationships with their children. Divorces or breakups of an unmarried relationships, however, have jeopardized those relationships.
We value fathers because we know they are a crucial part of every child’s upbringing. Our lawyers are committed to helping families create strong foundations for life after a divorce. We start with resolving complex child custody issues for men.
Whether you seek primary child custody or increased visitation rights, our lawyers will work to overcome gender bias and attain your goals in family court. Contact our office in Minneapolis for more information.
How The Court Should Decide In Child Custody Matters
Child custody in Minnesota is determined by what is in the “best interest of the child.” Courts use 13 factors to help determine what is best for the child. These factors apply to children whose parents are divorced or divorcing as well as to children of unwed fathers and mothers. They are:
- 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)
Custody Rights Of Fathers In Minnesota
While none of the factors are gender-based, and no one factor may be used to the exclusion of other factors, men often find it challenging to overcome historical gender biases in divorce cases. Our attorneys work hard to keep courts on track and compel them to make fair decisions for our clients using unbiased information.