Steven T. Hennek

"Coming from a large family had its challenges and blessings. I learned early the value of solving problems amicably when possible but standing your ground when you are right." - Read More

Leigh J. Klaenhammer

"I have a great deal of family law experience and work with my law partners to provide sound family law services as a team." - Read More

Family Law Twin Cities, MN

The family law firm of Hennek Klaenhammer Law, PLLC has years of experience representing a variety of family and divorce law clients. We educate our clients about the laws and their legal rights, and take all necessary prudent legal actions in pursuing a favorable outcome for all cases. Our Minnesota divorce attorneys assure the highest level of personal attention and responsiveness. It is our goal to keep you informed every step of the way.

Our Family Law Services Include:

Our attorneys will work with you to chart the best course of action toward resolving your case. We will discuss all your options and choose the one best suited for your unique situation.

Please call Hennek Klaenhammer Law, PLLC today at 651-633-4400 to discuss these issues or any other questions.

Child Custody Twin Cities, MN

Hennek Klaenhammer Law, PLLC., serving Twin Cities, MN provide experienced legal representation in child custody cases. There is nothing more difficult for a child than to see their parents get divorced. When a divorce case involves a child, the custody situation can vary depending on the relationship between the parents and how each is approaching the divorce. In the best case scenario custody is agreed upon by both parties in order to do what is best for the child. However, this is not always the case, and in many cases, this is one of the most disputed issues. A judge can award either sole or joint custody depending on what appears to be the best situation for the child.

There are two types of custody:

  • “Physical Custody” is the right to decide your child’s daily routine, where they live, etc.
    • “Joint legal custody” – both parents share those responsibilities
    • “Joint physical custody” means that the routine daily care and control and the residence of the child is structured between both of the parents.
  • “Legal custody” or the right to make health care, education and religious decisions for your child

Important areas to consider are:

  • Who will have physical custody or the responsibility for the daily care of your child, or will this be shared
  • Will you share legal custody, or the responsibility your child’s health, education and religious upbringing
  • Does your child have special needs
  • Is the other parent expressing a desire to move from Minnesota to another state

In determining custody, the law requires that the Court analyze the following 13 factors:

  1. The wishes of the child’s parent or parents as to custody.
  2. The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient age to express a preference.
  3. The child’s primary caretaker: (the daily routine: preparing meals, changing diapers, bathing, dressing, taking the kids to doctor appointments, reading to them, tucking them in at night, clipping fingernails, doing their laundry, etc.)
  4. The intimacy of the relationship between each parent and the child.
  5. The interaction and interrelationship of the child with a parent or parents, siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interests.
  6. The child’s adjustment to home, school and community.
  7. The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
  8. The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home.
  9. The mental and physical health of all individuals involved; except that a disability, as defined in section 363.01, of the proposed custodian or the child shall not be determinative of the custody of the child, unless the proposed custodial arrangement is not in the best interests of the child.
  10. The capacity and disposition of the parties to give the child love, affection, and guidance, and to continue educating and raising the child in the child’s culture and religion or creed, if any.
  11. The child’s cultural background.
  12. The effect on the child of the actions of an abuser, if related to domestic abuse, as defined in section 518B.01, that has occurred between the parents or between a parent and another individual, whether or not the individual alleged to have committed domestic abuse is or ever was a family or household member of the parent.
  13. Except in cases in which a finding of domestic abuse as defined in section 518B.01 has been made, the disposition of each parent to encourage and permit frequent and continuing contact by the other parent with the child.

Please call Hennek Klaenhammer Law, PLLC today at 651-633-4400 to discuss these issues or any other questions.