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The Washington County Law Library will be closed on Friday, May 27, 2016.  To contact the law library and leave a message, please call 651-430-6330 and someone will return your call on Tuesday.  For immediate help with a legal research question, you can contact:

  • The 10th District Self Help Center, at 763-422-6963
  • The State Law Library at 651-297-7651, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The State Court Self-Help Center number at 651-259-3888, which is open from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

The Library will reopen on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

updated 5.24.2016

Upcoming workshops:


Rights and Responsibilities of Unmarried Fathers

June 8, 2016
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wildwood Library
763 Stillwater Rd
Mahtomedi, MN 55016

Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a presentation entitled, “Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers” on June 8, 2016 at the Wildwood Library, located at 763 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, MN 55115.  This session, aimed at educating single fathers, will be from 5:30 – 6:30 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.  Until a temporary or permanent order is entered granting custody to another, the mother has sole custody.

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 and were never married to your child’s mother, please come to this class to 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 c  hanges 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.  

Updated May 24, 2016

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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