Child Custody Attorney

Every child custody case is unique, just as is every divorce case. In most cases, though, the importance of both parents’ involvement in parenting is recognized by Minnesota courts. Children thrive on stability and cohesion in their relationships with their parents, and those can be difficult to maintain in divorce.Child Custody

At Payne Law Office, the significance of addressing and reaching agreement on issues in divorce for the sake of your children is paramount. The relationship you have with your children post-divorce, to a substantial degree, depends on the collaborative agreements you can forge with your spouse now.

Child custody lawyer Judith Payne’s primary concern is the protection of your parental rights with your children. It is in your best interests to reach a fair collaborative agreement, but Judith is willing and able to fight for your custody rights through litigation and in court if necessary. She is a strong negotiator with 20 years of legal experience.

Contact Child Custody Attorney Judith Payne today at 612.251.3345 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your custody case. Ms. Payne serves clients throughout southeastern Minnesota, including Winona, Caledonia, La Crescent and surrounding areas.

Joint Custody Vs. Sole Custody

Many clients are curious about the difference and what is best in their case.

Joint custody usually requires parents to live in close proximity and make parenting decisions jointly. Parenting time is split approximately 50/50. In many cases, joint physical custody is difficult to achieve and unrealistic, but joint legal custody is very common.

Sole custody provides children with a primary residence and a primary parental decision maker. It offers a sense of stability and normalcy. The custodial parent will usually receive child support while the noncustodial parent is provided visitation or parenting time, but other arrangements can be made.

Legal Custody Vs. Physical Custody

These definitions apply to both joint custody and sole custody.

Legal custody defines which parent makes major parenting decisions, including schooling, religious practice, medical care, activities and others. Both parents can have equal control with joint legal custody or one parent can make all necessary decisions in the best interests of the children with sole legal custody.

Physical custody defines the primary residence where children spend most of their time. Sole physical custody could allow the noncustodial parent visitation or parenting time, or it could deny that right in specific situations. Given the schedules of children and adults, sole physical custody is the more common path to agreement.

Emergency Custody And Interstate Custody

Judith also handles issues for clients with concerns over the immediate safety of their children and for clients whose cases may involve separate jurisdictions. She can help you determine the appropriate venue for child custody hearings and ensure your children’s safety and interests are completely protected.

Such issues often involve child support payment disputes, the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA) and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). Judith is capable and experienced in handling interstate and international child custody issues.

For additional information concerning custody and support, please see the Minnesota Department of Health & Human Services’ child support calculator.

Child Custody Attorney Judith Payne

Payne Law Office is prepared to resolve child custody issues privately and efficiently when concerning Minnesota custody and support agreements.

Call child custody attorney Judith Payne today at 612.251.3345 or email her to schedule an initial consultation.