In Minnesota, there is a presumption that it is in the best interest of a child to spend time with both of their parents. In addition, there is a presumption that parents will provide for the financial support of their children. A good attorney with experience in child support and parenting time issues, like R. Leigh Frost, can advise you and help you navigate the process of establishing your parental rights in Minnesota.
What is Custody?
There are two (2) types of custody in Minnesota: 1) legal and 2) physical custody. Legal custody grants the right to participate in major decisions, such as education, medical and religious decisions. Physical custody establishes the residence of the child. Both types of custody can have a designation of “joint” or “sole.” Neither legal custody nor physical custody has an impact on parenting time.
What is Parenting Time?
How do I Establish Custody and Parenting Time?
What is a Parenting Time Schedule? A typical parenting time schedule will include: • Weeknights • Weekends or alternating weekends • Vacations • Holidays • School breaks, such as MEA or Spring break It is always best for parents to determine the parenting time schedule together as they know what is best for their child. However, if the parties cannot or will not work together to establish a parenting time schedule, a judge will be tasked with determining a suitable parenting time schedule for the child.
Can a Parent Be Denied Parenting Time?
• The parent’s rights have been terminated
Can Parenting Time Be Modified?
If a parent believes that the existing parenting time schedule is no longer suitable for their child, or they have experienced an interruption or disruption to their court-ordered parenting time schedule, they can request modification of, or assistance with, parenting time by filing a motion for modification of parenting time or a motion for parenting time assistance. It is always advisable to seek the assistance of an attorney with experience in Custody and Parenting Time matters.