Sometimes the most terrible of tragedies involves children who lose their parents. Perhaps their mom and dad were involved in a fatal car crash. Or maybe some other unexpected accident cut their lives short. Now, not only are the children orphans, but their unimaginably difficult situation is further compounded by fights over their custody.
No one would foresee such a terrible turn of events, and for most, it's too horrific to even plan for. The closest thing to normalcy for these children may be for their grandparents or other close blood relatives to obtain custody (and perhaps pursue a formal adoption). Yet which set of grandparents or relatives? And how can other relatives ensure that they still get to see the children? These and other questions can lead to bitterly emotional disputes.
Milavetz, Gallop, & Milavetz, P.A., has successfully litigated these complex issues. Learn more.
Understanding The Law In These Situations
Not just anyone can petition for the custody of minor children. Only "interested third parties" have a right to do so. When determining who can ask for custody, Minnesota courts examine whether there is a substantial relationship between the people seeking custody and the child. They also consider what's in the best interests of the children. Ultimately, custody decisions must take into account the unique facts and circumstances of each case.
Trusted Guidance Through Difficult Times
At Milavetz, Gallop, & Milavetz, P.A., our lawyers have decades of experience handling these especially tragic cases. If you need assistance with custody issues that arise following a death, contact us for help. We can advise you on the current state of the law and how it impacts your rights. You can count on us to stand by you through the entire process.
We have litigated these issues extensively over the years in both trial and appellate courts. As a result, our attorneys understand this niche area of family law inside and out.
Our lawyers and staff will provide the resources you need to get through this difficult time.
To get in touch, please call 612-444-5604 or reach out to us online. We have offices across the Twin Cities metro area.