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When a custodial parent can move out of state with a child is covered in the Minnesota Family Law Practice Manual, §6.09. See also Minn. Stat. §518.175 Subd. 3.
- The central focus of custody decisions in Minnesota is the "Best Interests of the Child." The factors to be considered are laid out in Minn. Stat. 518.17.
Additional statutes, regulations and opinions may apply to your specific situation.
Filing for and/or Modifying Custody
- Child Custody - Minn. Stat. Ch. 257
- Custody disputes - Minn. Stat. 257.025
- Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act - Minn. Stat. Ch. 518D
- Commencement of custody proceedings - Minn. Stat. 518.156
- Temporary and restraining orders - Minn. Stat. 518.131
- Custody orders - Minn. Stat. 518.17, subdiv. 3
Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts (Family Court)
Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts (All Court Proceedings)
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