The Top Five Ways Children May Be Harmed by Un-focused Parenting

Part Two: Parents do not support consistency in their child’s life by:

  • dropping in and out of the child’s life.

  • failing to show up on time or at all for scheduled parenting time.

  • failing to follow through on agreements about changes to the parenting time schedule. o failing to follow through on other commitments or agreements regarding the child.

  • interfering with parenting time because child support has not been paid.

What are some resources that parents can use when developing a parenting time schedule?

Parents may agree to use a neutral third party to help them discuss and develop their parenting time schedule or to make changes to an existing parenting time schedule. Parents may use professionals or non-professionals to assist them. One resource for additional information about neutral third parties is the Judicial Branch Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) website. Parents may also want to visit the Judicial Branch Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) website. Other resources may be available in your community.

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Q: What is the difference between a “parenting plan” and a “parenting time schedule”?

A: A parenting time schedule and a parenting plan are not the same thing. In Minnesota, the rights and responsibilities of each parent may be set forth in either a custody order or a parenting plan, but not both. Custody orders and parenting plans are governed by different statutes and have different requirements. However, every custody order and every parenting plan must contain a parenting time schedule.

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How to Create a Parenting Time Schedule with Children of Different Ages

When there is more than one child in a family, it is usually beneficial for parents to create one parenting time schedule for all of the children. This is a supportive way to maintain sibling relationships. However, when there are significant age differences between siblings, children may benefit from different parenting time schedules due to their different developmental needs.

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Important Tips about Domestic Violence Attorneys

Domestic violence is a very complex area of the law.

  • Lawyers who are good at one kind of law are not necessarily good at domestic abuse cases.

  • Most sources of attorney names are not pre-screened for experience in representing victims of domestic violence.

  • The Yellow Pages, most internet sites, and other advertising services often don't include information about which attorneys are knowledgeable in domestic violence.

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