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Residency and child custody

One thing that it can be very important for a parent to be aware of when splitting up with or getting divorced from their child’s other parent is how the details of their situation, their ex's situation and their children's situation could impact child custody matters. Lacking the right information in this regard could make confident decision-making very challenging in custody matters, leave a parent confused when going through child custody proceedings and make a parent more prone to child-custody-related missteps.

Child custody attorneys can help splitting or divorcing parents with understanding what effects the details of their family situation would likely have on their child custody case and what this means for what sorts of steps they should take in relation to child custody matters. Among the many custody-related issues such attorneys can give divorcing parents guidance on are issues related to residency.

Residency can be very impactful in child custody matters here in Minnesota.

For one, the residency of the involved child can impact whether or not a custody case can even be brought in the state. Typically, for a custody case to go before a court here in Minnesota, the child the case involves has to have been living in the state for a least 180 straight days. As a note, there are certain emergency situations that are exempt from this requirement.

Also, the residency of the child and the parents affects whether any interstate or international custody issues arise in relation to a given child custody matter. Such issues can raise the complexity level of a child custody case considerably.

Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch, "Child Custody & Parenting Time," Accessed Jan. 4, 2016

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