Last year there were considerable discussions in the Minnesota State House and Senate about potential changes to the existing parenting time presumption that exists in contested child custody cases. Under current Minnesota law, parents in contested child custody proceedings are entitled to a minimum of 25 percent parenting time with their child, while the rest of the parenting time is either negotiated between the parties themselves or it is set by the court.
Co-parenting a child after a divorce has never been an easy task. In addition to disputes over money and parenting, some of the most complex arguments deal with child custody issues, particularly visitation time. Thanks to advances in technology, however, there are more options than ever for parents seeking to spend time with their children. New York divorcees with children might be interested to learn a bit about the boom in e-parenting.
Too often those affected most in a divorce are the children. Good intentions or not, most couples rarely agree on every issue, and with children in the picture the disputes can linger for years. To avoid ongoing conflict and future disputes, a more collaborative approach may be suggested in order to work out child custody issues. Minnesota couples interested in learning about less stressful approaches to child custody issues will likely have interest in learning about alternatives to traditional, contested divorce.
In a previous post, it was mentioned that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a child custody bill seeking to increase the minimum amount of time allowed for divorced parents to spend with their children. Under existing legislation, the minimum amount of time to be spent with either parent is 25 percent, yet the bill proposed an increase to a minimum of 35 percent.