Courts in Minnesota are to follow a set of rules found in section 518.17 of the Minnesota Statutes when making child custody decisions. The statute defines a variety of factors to be examined thoroughly in order to pass rulings that benefit children and protect them from abuse.
Minnesota sports fans have probably read headlines before about high-earning athletes submitting to paternity tests to try to determine whether they fathered a child out of wedlock. Indiana Pacers player Paul George was determined to be the father of a child through a prenatal paternity test, but the player is contesting the results, saying that he doubts the accuracy of the test. The basketball player recently took another paternity test after the birth of the child on May 1.
A couple of decades ago, it was typically mothers who would receive sole physical custody of the children. Fathers would be allowed visitation rights every other weekend and on certain holidays. However, this has been steadily changing over the years. It appears that joint child custody is much more common today in Minnesota and across the nation.