Custody & Care


The process of adoption has taken on a spectrum of legal complexities that previous generations did not face. The interest of a minor child entering a new family relationship and the rights of new adoptive parents demands a well-considered preparation and assuring a transition through the legal process that brings the greatest happiness to all.

We are intimately associated with adoption and the family law issues that come with including changes in custody, guardianship, and family growth.

Guardianship & Conservatorship

The complexities of transferring guardian rights are intense for all concerned. The interests of minor children or those needing guardianship can involve several governmental agencies and advocacy organizations and may require exceptional efforts to show how interests are being best served.

Each case is as individual as the people involved. The process can be demanding and emotional. Understanding the requirements expectations of social service authorities in providing greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families is paramount in successful outcome.

St. Croix Law has extensive direct experience and insight in these matters in both a legal advocacy role and in personal life.


Third-Party Custody

There are situations where a person, other than natural parents, is awarded the custody of a minor child on a temporary or permanent basis as the best means to assure the child’s interests are sustained and promoted. This is third-party custody and typically involves a relative or legal guardian who has been providing actual custody in the absence or incapacity of the natural parents.

Third-party custody can be a straight-forward matter of establishing the facts in court and having the cooperation of one or both natural parents. In other cases, emergency circumstances demand a court resolution of custody or there can be challenges between well-intentioned parties where parental rights and the interest of the child is reviewed by the state and judicial resolution is required.

St. Croix Law is very aware of the deeply personal issues inherent in this kind of transition. Our expertise and compassion can be an important factor in the successful management of a difficult legal situation.

This is a very technical and complicated part of the legal system. The advice or participation of an attorney is strongly advised either from the start or as part of a self-representation effort. Be aware that each court in Minnesota may have local rules and procedures for custody cases for that particular court.