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Minnesota Family Law Practice Manual, 3rd ed. - Cathy E. Gorlin et al.
Call Number: KFM5494.A6 D3 2001
Publication Date: 2001- (updated)
This title discusses and explains the law while the footnotes point to the statutes and leading cases. Volume 2 contains forms.

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.


Child Custody Considerations for Members of the Military


Custody Factors

  • 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

Source: Office of the Revisor of Statutes


Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation

Minnesota Statutes Chapter 518E

  • Minnesota Statutes § 518E.105 - Notification Required of Deploying Parent
  • Minnesota Statutes § 518E.204 - Power of Attorney
  • Minnesota Statutes § 518E.309 - Content of Custody Order
  • Minnesota Statutes § 518E.310 - Order for Child Support

Source: Office of the Revisor of Statutes


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