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Ryan Schmisek | Twin Cities Family Law Attorney


One of the hardest decisions to make in a divorce or family law case is determining arrangements for your children – how important decisions will be made for them in the future, and when they will spend time with each parent. Sometimes these issues are settled through mediation or otherwise, and other times they are aggressively fought for through litigation in court. Like every family, every child custody case is different. What is not different is that competent representation can put your mind at ease during a very stressful time.

In Twin Cities child custody cases, the court makes a decision regarding parenting decisions and a schedule for the children based on the best interests of the child. There are as many custodial arrangements as there are families. We can help you explore options that are suited to you and your family.

Custody is generally divided into three aspects:

1. Legal custody.  The decision-making authority regarding a child’s education, health care, and religion

2. Physical custody.  A designation related to the child’s primary residence.

3. Parenting time (visitation).  The schedule describing when the child will be with each parent.  A parenting time schedule typically addresses weekdays, weekends, summer, holidays, and vacation parenting time as dealing with the day-to-day details of raising a child together, transportation, birthdays, and various other matters.

Regardless of whether your custodial arrangements are decided by the court or between the parents, issues relating to the children (legal and physical custody, time-sharing and/or child support) may be reviewed and modified by the court until your child is emancipated. This is because the court must always act in the best interests of the child, and those interests may change over time.