Child custody battles are often the most stressful and frustrating part of any divorce or paternity case. You deserve a legal team that will give your case the attention it deserves.
At Johnson/Turner Legal, we're committed to shouldering the burden of child custody battles so parents can focus on what's really important: their kids.
As part of that commitment, every client we get receives a team consisting of a Minnesota child custody attorney, two paralegals, a client engagement specialist, and a life coach. Our team isn't only there to handle your case—we'll also help you manage stress and maintain a strong relationship with your children moving forward into your custody arrangement.
We know that for many parents, legal fees are a concern. The last thing we want parents to be worried about it whether they'll be charged for a call, which is why we use a flat-fee pricing model. When you work with us, we tell you up-front how much your fees will be. At Johnson/Turner Legal, you pay for our services, not our time. That means you never have to worry about hidden fees or unexpected costs.
Everything the court does is intended to serve the best interest of the child. In determining what is the best interest of the child, the court considers:
As a parent, if you disagree about who should have custody or what the parenting time schedule should be, a court will most likely order that an expert evaluate and determine what custody and parenting time arrangement will serve the best interest of the child. The custody and parenting time evaluator will delve into the lives of the parents and the children. He or she will conduct psychological evaluations and, if necessary, chemical dependency evaluations. The evaluator will meet with the parents, the children, and other people who have watched the parents with their child, such as school counselors, grandparents, daycare providers, teachers, and coaches. After the evaluation is complete, the evaluator will issue a recommendation regarding custody and parenting time directly to the court.
If the court is concerned that the well being of a child is compromised by either or both parents, it will appoint a Guardian ad Litem. The purpose of the Guardian ad Litem is often to make recommendations to the court regarding what custody and parenting time arrangement will be in the best interest of the child.
We break down our approach to child custody into four phases: The foundation-building phase, the settlement-focused phase, the litigation phase, and the conclusion phase. We'll walk you through each of these phases, so you know exactly what to expect if you bring us on board for your child custody battle here in Minnesota.
During the foundation-building phase, we take the following steps:
Once we build the foundation for your case, it's time to start moving forward in earnest. This brings us to the next phase.
Coming to a settlement outside of the courtroom is often less stressful and more cost-effective than pursuing a final decree from a judge.If possible, we'll try and encourage the other party to settle with you. This involves the following steps:
Of course, not every case can be settled. When an alternative resolution isn't available, we move on to the next phase.
During litigation, we take all the necessary steps to protect your parental rights and advocate for you in court, including:
Once the trial is over, it's time to move on to the final phase.
During the conclusion phase, we take the following steps to wrap up your case:
Should your condition or circumstances change post-decree, we can also help you file for an order modification to make sure your child custody order accurately reflects your current needs and status. To learn more about that, visit our order modifications page.
At Johnson/Turner Legal, we understand the leap of faith parents take when they put us in charge of their child custody case. We don't take the responsibility lightly, and we'll do everything in our power to help you reach a positive resolution in your case.
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