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My Child Wants to Live With Me Now – How Do We Make That Happen?

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My Child Wants to Live With Me Now – How Do We Make That Happen?

March 22, 2024

By Johnson/Turner Legal

My Child Wants to Live With Me Now – How Do We Make That Happen?

March 22, 2024

By Johnson/Turner Legal


TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read Summary):
  • To adjust your child’s primary residence, you must file a petition in court showing a significant change in circumstances.
  • The law takes into account the child’s preference based on their maturity and ability to make independent decisions.
  • It’s essential to consider the practicality and best interests of the child when evaluating their preferences.
  • For expert advice and assistance with custody modifications, reach out to our family law attorneys.

Making Your Child’s Wish a Reality: Transitioning Custody Smoothly

As a parent, you’re well aware that change is the only constant in your child’s life. From the moment they enter the world, their needs and desires evolve. And sometimes, these changes mean your child may wish to live with the other parent. If you’re facing this situation, it’s crucial to understand the steps involved in making this significant transition as smooth as possible for your child.

Understanding the Legal Process

The first step in adjusting your child’s primary residence is to revisit the court. You’ll need to file a petition to modify the existing custody or visitation order, demonstrating a substantial change in circumstances. These changes can range from relocating to addressing your child’s educational needs or even accommodating their evolving preferences.

Considering Your Child’s Voice

In Minnesota, the law doesn’t specify an exact age for when a child’s preference impacts custody decisions. Instead, courts consider a variety of factors, including the child’s age, maturity, and ability to express an independent, reliable preference. Remember, the focus is on the child’s reasonable preferences, recognizing that even well-meaning desires may not always align with their best interests.

When to Seek Professional Guidance

Navigating custody changes can be daunting. If you’re contemplating modifying your custody or visitation order, our family law experts are here to help. We understand the nuances of these situations and can provide the guidance you need to ensure your child’s wishes are considered appropriately in the legal process.

At Johnson/Turner, we’re committed to providing transparent, compassionate legal services that resonate with families undergoing transitions. We understand the complexity and emotional toll of these decisions. Our approach is designed to offer support, clarity, and a path forward during these challenging times. Contact us today, you are in good hands.

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