Where promoting the best interests of children comes first.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Family Law Advocacy & Mediation

Rachel Osband and Delmar Flynn (who is fluent in Spanish) offer legal advocacy and mediation services in the areas of divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, adoption and post-decree disputes. As a dedicated advocates, Rachel and Delmar will work with you to assess the best path forward for you –financially, legally and personally. Their approach to mediation is to work with the parties to reduce conflict and focus on resolutions that benefit everyone involved, especially the children. Rachel also provides mediation services in family law-adjacent matters, such as guardianship disputes.

Adoption: birth parent and adoptive parent representation

Mark and Rachel both handle adoption matters. We handle several types of adoption proceedings: direct placement adoptions (where the birth parent places the child with selected adoptive parents), agency adoptions (where the agency places), interstate adoptions (where we represent Minnesota birth parents and adoptive parents), contested adoptions, and adoptions involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Foster Care and Permanency Proceedings

Court-ordered foster care is provided to children who are unable to live in their own homes, usually because their parents have abused or neglected them. Our firm focuses on representing foster parents and relatives in contested adoptions of foster children.

Third Party Custody

“Third party custody” cases involve legal actions brought by someone who is not a child’s parent to establish custody of a child they are caring for. These cases usually involve grandparents or other relatives who have cared for a child due to the parents’ neglect, abandonment, or other disability such as drug or chemical abuse. Where the person caring for the child has had the child for six months or more, the caretaker may be considered a ‘De Facto’ custodian. If the caretaker has had custody of the child for a shorter period of time, the person may be ruled by the court as an ‘Interested Third Party.’ Both De Facto Custodians and Interested Third Parties may initiate custody proceedings for child who is not their biological offspring. Mark drafted this law.

ICWA – Indian Child Welfare Act

This is what Mark is best known for! Just “Google” him.

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a law passed by Congress to help preserve Indian families and culture by providing enhanced procedural protections to prevent the unwarranted removal of Indian children from their homes and to ensure that when Indian children are removed from their families, they are placed in culturally appropriate homes whenever possible. ICWA applies to cases involving an “Indian child” and to custody proceedings in juvenile court, including foster care, termination, and adoption proceedings. ICWA also may apply in third party custody cases in family court.

ICWA – Voluntary Adoptions

ICWA provides flexibility to protect the best interests of Indian children. It gives birth parents the right to place their children with families of their choosing. We have developed effective procedures to comply with the ICWA and work in conjunction with birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoption agencies to promote voluntary Indian adoptions. Tribes may be consulted about these adoptions, but it is a myth that tribes have veto power over the decisions of fit birth parents.

ICWA – Nationwide Attorney Consulting

Have a tough ICWA case? Mark frequently consults with attorneys from other states who require assistance handling their ICWA cases. I serve as co-counsel to provide crucial assistance, briefs, case law, strategic advice, and instant “on tap” know-how to attorneys from all over the United States. In special cases, I appear as co-counsel with local attorneys in other states.

Estate Planning & Probate

Taking the time to create, or update, your estate plan is one of the best steps you can take to protect your family. Particularly after and adoption or life change, it is important to ensure that your estate plan reflects your current wishes and concerns. Rachel makes it easy for you to get your estate documents in place. Documents can include a will,health care directive, power of attorney, or applicable trusts, including special needs planning. All estate planning work is completed on a flat fee basis.

Call Mark Fiddler or Rachel Osband today at 612-822-4095 to arrange your initial consultation.

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I am Mark Fiddler, a private practice attorney in Minnesota who specializes in the areas of adoption, foster care, third party custody, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”).

How I Got Here

I have been a life-long advocate for children’s rights as a private practice attorney, the founding director of the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, and attorney for guardians ad litem. I have significant courtroom experience throughout Minnesota including the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. I have litigated Indian Child Welfare cases in the United States Supreme Court, and in numerous state and federal courts around the United States.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, I have been admitted to the United States Supreme Court. and the Minnesota Supreme Court. I have also been admitted in several tribal courts. I am a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, where I am currently a Trustee and Chair of the “ICWA” Committee.

I am a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. I am one of twenty Americans awarded a Kellogg International Leadership Program Fellowship, and an award from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for providing legal services to the community. I am a 2013 Minnesota “Attorney of the Year.”

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I specialize in serving your family’s legal needs. I work with you to determine the best path forward for you and your family – financially, legally and personally. I have specialized knowledge in the areas of mental health concerns and special needs and the way these factors can influence a separation or a parenting relationship.

Since graduating from Carleton College and Georgetown University Law Center, I have worked across a variety of practice areas and for a wide range of clients, allowing me to bring a broad perspective to each matter.

In addition to my private law practice, I serve as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, focusing on courtroom advocacy skill-building. Outside of law, I am a proud mom of two amazing boys and one adorably average dog. In my limited free time (two boys!), I am a member of the school PTO, avid book club attendee and dog/kid-walker.

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