As you may know, there are two types of custody: Legal and Physical.
Legal custody refers to the right of the parents to participate in important decisions in the lives of their child(ren). This specifically includes decisions related to schooling, medical care, religion, extra-curricular activities and other important events. There is a very strong presumption under Minnesota law that these responsibilities should be shared by the parties. The only time that legal custody is not shared is when the parties demonstrate a complete inability to communicate or where there has been domestic abuse.
Physical custody is what most people think of when they hear the term custody. It refers to the primary physical residence where the child will live. There is a presumption under Minnesota law favoring sole physical custody to one parent or the other. This presumption is based upon psychological studies that have indicated that children respond better when their physical environment is consistent.
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Legal custody deals with making major decisions for a child. That does not include such things as bedtime when with the other parent or how much TV to watch. It does include what medical proceedures will be done and what school the child will go to. She has the right to get information from the school as they would be part of the decision making process to decide what scholl the child should go to or if extra help is needed. Setting up appointments without telling you in advance is improper. As for removing joint legal custody you would have to go back to court to change your order. Speak with a local attorney about your specific facts to see if there is enough to break the joint legal custody arrrangement..
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