Providing Information And Representation In Child Custody And Child Support Issues
Any legal issues that involve children can cause a great deal of stress. It is essential that the best interests of the children be at the forefront of the case at all times. If you are facing child support or child custody matters, enlist the help of a dedicated and experienced law firm to protect your rights and those of your children.
From our office in Roseville, we at Radtke Law Offices, P.A., provide guidance to parents who are dealing with custody and support matters, among other family law issues. Whether you are going through a divorce from the other parent of your children or are unmarried, our focus is on your well-being and that of your children. We use the more than 20 years of legal experience of our founder, attorney Stephen P. Radtke, when handling these types of cases.
Child Custody Issues
When child custody is an issue, it is important to know what you are facing. There are two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody involves the decision-making for the child while physical custody is the actual place where the child resides.
Custody can be shared, such as in joint legal custody, or it can be granted to one parent, as in sole physical custody. Many situations call for joint physical custody, with one parent having primary custody, in order for the children to have time with both parents.
It is possible for the court to consider the wishes of the children when determining custody arrangements. The older the child, the more likely the court will be to listen and act upon the child’s request.
What To Know About Child Support
Much like in other states, child support in Minnesota is calculated using a formula that is set by state statute. These guidelines and formula utilize numbers such as the number of children, the income of the parent and other associated costs to determine how much child support will be paid. Other aspects of child support to know include:
- The parent who has the lesser amount of custody time is the one who will pay child support
- Child support cannot be waived in Minnesota
- Child support cannot be agreed upon between parents – it must be determined by the court according to the law