The law firm handles all matters related to paternity in Minnesota.

The legal definitions of non-parental caretakers and the ramifications associated with with those meanings are extremely important to understanding how courts treat biological or natural mothers and fathers.

Talking to a qualified Minnesota family law lawyer will be beneficial to your understanding and navigation of often complicated laws.  The most obvious reason to understand the legal definitions is to understand how they effect a court’s decision on child custody, parenting-time, and visitation.

First, it is important to know that in many states, it is not legal for any person other than the parent to assume permanent care and custody of a child under the age of 14 without a court order permitting that person to do so.  Therefore, no parent may simply assign or give their children to a relative so that the relative may care for them on a permanent basis.

However, if an emergency situation arises, a relative, foster-care agency, or human services agency may bring a petition to a court to have custody rights established for the child.  Many times, it is the human services agency who files a child-in-need-of-services petition before a court in the county where the child resides.

In situations where the natural parent of child cannot take care of his or her own children, a party described above may also commence adoption proceedings as are necessary.

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