Minnesota Parenting Time & Child Visitation Rights Lawyers
Custody and parenting time can be one of the most emotionally difficult aspects of a divorce because all parties will need to transition to a new schedule and new surroundings. Regardless of the custody labels, legal and physical custody, noncustodial parents are usually entitled to visitation with a child. This is true whether the parents were married or not; the marital status of the parents only affects the procedure used to establish parenting time. The amount of visitation will vary with the desires of the parents and the inclinations of the judge, but Minnesota Statutes allow for a rebuttable presumption that a noncustodial parent should have at least 25% of parenting time with their child unless there has been domestic abuse.
There are also temporary and permanent custody labels and parenting time schedules, which can be adjusted by agreement or modified if you can meet the legal threshold. A court can restrict visitation or deny it altogether if the court believes the child might be placed in danger by being alone with the parent. If parents live far apart and regular weekend visitation is not feasible, it is common to allocate more summer vacation and school holidays to the noncustodial parent.
Typically, the parties can craft a schedule that works best for them- considering school, activities, school breaks, the parties work schedules, childcare, and holidays. There are a variety of common schedules that you can discuss with your attorney.
To help you navigate the complex world of custody and parenting time, you will need attorneys experienced various schedules and options to