Posts Categorized: Parenting Time

Child Support is for Children’s Expenses

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When child support is calculated in accord with the guidelines of Minnesota statutes, both parents’ incomes are considered.  The statute provides a table for the basic amount of support that children need, based upon the combined income of the child’s two parents. When the parents have equal, or nearly equal, parenting time, the amount of… Read more »

When Child Care Costs End

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Under Minnesota law, parents have the obligation of financially supporting their children.  The child support statutes provide for basic child support, child care support and medical support.  Basic child support is the sum paid by one parent to the other for basic expenses of the child or children.  Child care support is the allocation between… Read more »

Four Primary Issues in Divorce

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Divorce can be a challenging process.  After the initial difficult decision of whether to pursue a dissolution action, many parties wonder where to begin in sorting through the many pieces of the marital relationship.  One helpful place to start is to realize that there are two main issues that apply to every divorce and two… Read more »


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One way that the internet helps connect a child and a parent who do not live together is a web service called Readeo.  Essentially, Readeo ( is a bedtime story over the internet.  Both the parent and the child can see and hear each other, and either one can turn the pages of the book… Read more »

How Specific Should Your Parenting Plan Be?

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When devising a parenting plan that will govern the parents of minor children regarding custody and parenting, some parents desire specificity, and others desire flexibility.  All parenting plans have a degree of specificity, and a degree of flexibility, so the issue here is whether you prefer relatively greater specificity or relatively greater flexibility. An example… Read more »

Grandparent Visitation

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Generally, a grandparent’s right to see their minor grandchild is derivative of the child’s parent’s right to parenting time.  That is, the maternal grandparents have access to the child during the mother’s parenting time, and the paternal grandparents have access to the child during the father’s parenting time.  In most cases, grandparents do not have… Read more »

Overnight Parenting Time with Infants and Toddlers

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When parents have disputes about parenting time in cases involving infants or toddlers, the issue of overnights often arises.  In 1999, the Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges approved a “Parental Guide for Making Child-Focused Parenting Time Decisions,” prepared by the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Task Force on Visitation and Child Support Enforcement. Regarding infants and… Read more »

Moving Out of State With Minor Children

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One important change in Minnesota law in recent years pertains to changing the state of residence of minor children.  Previously, Minnesota was one of a minority of U.S. states to allow a custodial parent to move with a child to another state unless the non-moving parent proved that the move was contrary to the child’s… Read more »

Joint Physical Custody Presumption Subjected to Study

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Today there was a committee hearing at the Minnesota Legislature on a proposed bill to enact a presumption in favor of joint physical custody. The bill would establish a rebuttable presumption that joint physical custody is in the best interests of a minor child. (Minnesota law already has a presumption that joint legal custody is… Read more »

Recognition of Parentage

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When a child is born to a couple that is not married, it is important for both parents to sign off on a Recognition of Parentage form, for custody and parenting time purposes, as well as for child support purposes. A father’s right to custody or parenting time is established easily by a Recognition of… Read more »