Rochester Child Custody Attorneys

For any parent, the hardest part of divorce is determining child custody arrangements. In most divorces, it is a simple fact that both parents will not be able to spend as much time with the children as they would like. This reality is difficult for many parents to confront. For these and other reasons, it is crucial to enlist the services of legal counsel who will work diligently toward a sensible outcome that is in your and your children's best interests. At Klampe Law Firm, our brand of caring, skilled representation has been instrumental in assisting families through all sorts of challenging family law situations. Our family attorney, Carole Pasternak, has worked closely with parents across the area for many years.

Identifying and Implementing Effective Child Custody and Parenting Time Strategies

Minnesota law discusses both "legal custody" and "physical custody." Legal custody involves each parent's right to make decisions as to the child's upbringing. Physical custody refers to where the child lives. Parenting time refers to the time each parent spends with the children.

Minnesota judges are required to make decisions that are in the best interests of the child. When making these decisions, judges will look at many factors, including:

  • The wishes of the parents and the wishes of the children if they are old enough to express a preference
  • The child's primary caretaker to this point
  • The nature of the relationship between the children and each parent
  • The stability of the child's environment and the desire for maintaining continuity
  • The child's adjustment to his or her home, school and community
  • Each party's mental and physical health
  • Whether domestic abuse has been identified in the relationship

Ideally, custody agreements can be worked out between parents through negotiation or mediation. This way, parents are not leaving important decisions about where their children will spend their time in the hands of a judge. Of course, when there are major differences between parents, litigation may be the only option. In either event, we are committed to helping you and your children foster a strong relationship.

Contact Klampe, Delehanty & Pasternak, LLC

Call family lawyer Carole Pasternak at 507-288-2447 to schedule a consultation with our Rochester law firm. You can also complete our online contact form to get started. We accept credit cards in family law matters.