Understanding Your Rights As A Parent
James D. Capra Inc. is a law firm capable of wearing different hats. You might need a warrior on your behalf or on behalf of your kids. Sometimes there are drug or alcohol issues within the family. Perhaps you need the negotiating skills of an attorney who can guide you and your partner to an arrangement where both of you can maintain a presence in the lives of your children.
I have helped families from all walks of life throughout Ramsey County and Minnesota. You can rely on my 30-plus years of experience to guide you through custody determination, no matter how complex the case may be.
Custody In Minnesota
There are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to determine the child’s upbringing. This includes decisions like education, health care and religious training. Joint legal custody means that both parents contribute to making these decisions. Physical custody refers to the residence, daily care and control of the child. Minnesota courts typically lean toward shared legal custody as it is what is usually in the best interest of the child.
Compassionately Listening To Your Needs
Whether you are married to your partner or you just have a child in common, the basic picture in a child custody or parenting time dispute goes like this: You have two people who love the same children dearly. The stakes are high, and emotions run hot. On one hand, you can reach some kind of truce. Then there are the scenarios where you have to take it to a judge, who doesn’t really know either one of you. The judge will make a best-guess approximation on how things should be. Most often, this official will never have even met your kids.
Regardless of your specific situation, I am here to help. I offer a free initial consultation with no time limit so that you can get a better understanding of your family law situation and what to expect. Divorce is not easy. After over 30 years of working in family law, I can make the process easier to understand and ensure that you are getting what’s best for both you and your children. I can even handle complex issues such as relocation. While I can’t promise you that the process will be quick or easy, I can promise you that like anything else, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.