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Child Custody in Minnesota
Child custody in Minnesota is a sensitive topic, and the best interests of the children are paramount. Under Minnesota Statute 518.17, the family law system assesses 12 different factors when identifying a child’s best interests.
Modification of Child Support
Child Support modifications may seem simple, but there are several factors that the court will consider, and it’s not as easy as telling the court that your circumstances have changed. The person requesting the modification will need to demonstrate a need for such a change as well as the Obligor’s ability to pay.
How Can I Modify my Child Custody Agreement in Minnesota?
The court will modify custody arrangements if one party is “consistent and willful” in preventing the other’s party’s parenting time or visitation. The court may also modify custody if it has “reason to believe that the child’s present environment may endanger the child’s physical or emotional health or impair the child’s emotional development.” If there are concerns about the safety of the child, or parties are not following the schedule set out in the order, the court may hear the case regardless of when it is brought up.
What to Look Forward to at Mediation or Other Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods
There are other ways of coming to agreements with your ex-spouse outside of court intervention. In Minnesota, parties can choose from a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution options.
Domestic Violence and Orders for Protection
Sometimes domestic violence is severe enough to result in criminal charges and penalties, and in these cases, the court has the ability to issue a criminal Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (“DANCO”), prohibiting the abuser from contacting his or her victim. But what about cases that do not rise to the level of criminal charges, or where a DANCO has otherwise not been issued?