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Minneapolis Domestic Partnerships 101: The basics

In a strange way, the idea of a domestic partnership seems a bit old-fashioned nowadays. The push for same-sex marriage in Minnesota long ago eclipsed what early advocates for same-sex relationships saw as the thin end of the wedge, a small step toward full equality.

Court asked to settle custody matter as couple fights over dog p3

We are finishing up our discussion of a family law case from outside of Minnesota. The situation we have been looking at involves a dispute over custody of a dog. The court gave the dog to the husband, loosely referencing the "best interest of the child" standard. The judge had told the couple that shared custody would not be possible, that no court would enforce such an agreement.

Court asked to settle custody matter as couple fights over dog p2

We are talking about a custody dispute. The case does not come from Minnesota, but it is important to remember that our courts will look to other states' opinions for guidance when our own statutes and case law have not addressed the issue before. We would never say for sure that a Minnesota judge would rely on this case, but it is always a possibility.

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