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Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Washington County Law Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28 2015.  The Library will reopen on Monday at 8:00, December 1, 2015.

Posted 11.4.2014.

Featuring Free Public Seminars
Participants will come away with an understanding of various legal issues and options. Workshops are presented by a volunteer lawyer, and laptop computers will be available. Workshops are open to all members of the public, regardless of residence. The series of hands-on workshops brings quality legal information to the public, and is a collaboration between the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Washington County.


Father's Rights for Unmarried Fathers

November 19, 2014
3:30-5:30 p.m.

Oakdale Library
1010 Heron Ave. N.,
Oakdale, MN 55128

Program Description

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a presentation entitled, “Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers” on November 19, 2014 at the Oakdale Library, located at 1010 Heron Ave. N, Oakdale, MN 55128.  The session will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Registration is required.

Every child has a biological father, but not every child has a "legal" father. Under Minnesota law, if a child's mom and dad are not married to each other when the child is born, the dad is not recognized as the "legal" father until someone takes legal steps to establish his paternity.  He has no legal rights to the child even if he is financially supporting the child and his name is on the child's birth certificate.  The birth certificate alone is not enough to establish who is the "legal" father.

Once a court order names a man as the legal parent of a child (adjudicates the man as the father), he has certain rights, duties, and obligations that go along with being the legal parent of that child.

If you are an unmarried father, learn all about your rights and responsibilities, and how to enforce them.  Local attorney Steven Coodin will answer the following questions and more:

•       How do you become the legal father of your child?
•       What is the “Recognition of Parentage Form”?
•       What is the difference between legal and physical custody?
•       How much child support do I have to pay?
•       How much parenting time am I allowed?
•       What can I do to enforce my parenting time?
•       Do I need a court order to make changes to the parenting time schedule?
•       My ex is getting married.  Does her new marriage affect my rights as a father?

Steven Coodin is a partner with the law firm, Coodin & Overson, located in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  He attended law school at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and graduated in the fall of 2001.  He has been practicing law since he was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 2002 and primarily works in the area of criminal defense and family law.  Steven prides himself in his work ethic and dedication to his client's cases.  Steven formed his own solo attorney law firm in 2003 and as his caseload substantially increased he formed a partnership with Attorney Paul Overson in 2005.  Steven also dedicates his time to speak to defendants in Washington County Court, in Stillwater, as a member of the Washington County Defense Panel, and is also a volunteer attorney at the Washington County Law Library, where he enjoys meeting with people who have legal questions. 

Anyone can attend this informational session, but you must pre-register.  Please call the Washington County Law Library at 651.430.6330 or send an email to to pre-register for the session.

This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

updated November 4, 2014.

Pauline Afuso
Washington County Law Librarian

Government Center
14949 62nd St. N.
P.O. Box 6
Stillwater, MN 55082

Ph: 651-430-6330
Fx: 651-430-6331

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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