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Category: Parenting Time

Brown Law Office
August 15, 2015

The Parenting Plan: A Flexible Alternative to a Court Order

Nothing is more important than the best interests of the children of divorce. While Minnesota courts can dictate child custody, parenting time and support, parents who can reach agreement through court-approved parenting plans can negotiate more flexibility that better meets the needs of the children and the whole family.

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Brown Law Office
July 31, 2015

Cynthia and Jason Brown Author Minnesota Lawyer Article on New Custody Standards

Big changes have occurred in family law this most recent legislative session. One of the key changes involves a revamped "best interest of the child" standard for custody and parenting time disputes in divorce and paternity cases. One key amendment involves the the court to examine the benefit of "maximizing" parenting time with both parents.

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Brown Law Office
August 1, 2014

An Overview of Motions to Move Out of State

Each divorce case will vary from one another. In some cases, a parent might want to move out of state with his or her children. But, the non-custodial parent may be opposed of this idea. Typically, a child cannot be permanently relocated from his or her state of residence without approval from that court that gave the original custody order - unless the other parent consents. When parents agree to an out-of-state move, they should sign a written agreement reflecting that. A counselor, or mediator, may be hired to help resolve any issues of both …

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Brown Law Office
July 29, 2014

The Role of a Parenting Time Consultant

A parental consultant (PC) is a figure that both parents will agree upon, who is then appointed by a judge. The PC will provide expert opinion, and assist in resolving parenting issues that arise. Another similar individual used in cases is a parenting time expeditor. These individuals are court authorities and are to be treated like a judge, which means their decisions carry the same weight as a court order. They only make decisions related to parenting time. Unlike parenting time expeditors, parenting consultants are allowed to resolve any parenting …

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Brown Law Office
January 27, 2014

How to Approach a Custody Evaluation

If you are involved in any type of custody dispute, you will inevitably have to face a custody evaluator. This process can be very stressful no matter what your situation is. Ultimately, what the custody evaluator determines about you will be a major deciding factor in the type of custody you receive. Wh en you are faced with a custody evaluation in Minnesota, it's important to follow the advice of your attorney. Your custody lawyer understands your situation and will provide you with tips to make sure the outcome will benefit you. Here are some …

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Brown Law Office
January 23, 2014

Grandparent Rights Under Minnesota Law

For many people, being a grandparent is about getting to enjoy grandchildren and spend a lot of time with them without having to deal with the stresses of parenting. Unfortunately, divorce or the death of a parent can result in a grandparent potentially losing visitation rights. If you are a grandparent somehow involved in a situation that is causing you to see your grandchildren less frequently or not at all, it's important that you understand what your rights are as a grandparent. Minnesota does have both statutory laws and common laws that allow …

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Brown Law Office
August 28, 2013

Custody in Minnesota : Definitions and Standards

Custody disputes are some of the most intense, emotional cases we handle. Here we  provide basic information concerning custody and parenting time issues in Minnesota divorce and paternity cases: Legal Custody: Involves the key decisions made on behalf of a child in terms of education, religion and medical needs. The presumption is that parents will share joint legal custody. This presumption may be overcome by demonstrating an inability to communicate or a history of domestic abuse. Physical Custody: Involves the day to day care and decision …

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Brown Law Office
April 23, 2013

Effective Co-Parenting During (and After) Divorce

Nothing disappoints me more than family law litigants who think of their child as a pawn, placing them smack dab in the middle of the fight. There’s just no good reason for it. And, every expert I’ve encountered on the subject suggests that the parent who does so – even if they appear as the “hero” to the child in the moment – will suffer the consequences in the long run; the child will soon grow old enough to understand what was done to them.

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Brown Law Office
January 1, 2013

The Process of Filing a Motion for Temporary Relief in Minnesota Divorce Court

As more and more counties adopt the early neutral evaluation model, fewer divorce litigants face the prospect of a motion for temporary relief. A decade ago, nearly every party to a divorce would seek some sort of temporary order from the judge, given the fact that few alternatives were available for immediate structured debate and discussion concerning issues like custody, parenting time, child support, property division and spousal maintenance.

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