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Child Custody

Child Custody Attorney located in Moorhead

Helping Families in Fargo, Moorhead, Cass County, Clay County & the Surrounding Areas

Parent Holding Child's HandWhether you are negotiating custody arrangements during your divorce or after establishing paternity, the process can quickly become contentious and emotional. It is in your best interests to retain a knowledgeable and trusted family law attorney who is willing to fight for you while seeking a favorable custody order.

At Joe Irby Law Firm, we are passionate about helping families navigate these tough situations. A positive resolution for you and your loved ones is our highest priority and our child custody attorney in Moorhead can represent you in custody negotiations. Whether we can settle outside of the courtroom or need to take the case to court, we can be there for you every step of the way.

To discuss your case with our firm, give us a call at (218) 325-5050 or contact us online.

Types of Custody in Minnesota

There are two types of custody in Minnesota: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, while physical custody refers to the child’s daily activities and where the child lives.

Both types of custody can be held jointly by both parents or solely by one parent. Generally, courts consider joint custody arrangements to be in the best interest of the child, as this structure ensures that the child maintains a relationship with both parents. However, every decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

Determining Child Custody

The simplest way to arrange custody is to come to an agreement with your spouse or the other parent of your child. Sometimes, however, contentious disagreements get in the way and the court has to step in to order an arrangement.

When determining custody, a court will consider:

  • The parents’ willingness to cooperate and share parenting duties
  • How the parents resolve disputes regarding their child’s upbringing
  • The child’s preference, if they are old/mature enough
  • Any history of domestic violence or child neglect
  • Each parent’s mental and physical health
  • Who is the child’s current primary caregiver

Remember that at the end of the day, your custody arrangement should reflect your child’s best interests. At Joe Irby Law Firm, we keep this in mind as we represent you in your case.

Request a consultation with our Moorhead child custody lawyer today by calling (218) 325-5050.

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