Children generally fare best when they have the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents. Establishing a parenting time schedule is one way to ensure and foster that involvement.Read More
A: “Bonding” is not the same as “attachment.” Parents bond with children; children attach to parents. Most parents bond quickly with their childrenRead More
engaging in arguments.
using their child as a messenger, spy, or mediator.Read More
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.
making the child feel as if the child must choose between them or “take sides.”Read More
treating the other parent respectfully.Read More
agreeing on and using workable methods of respectful communication with the other parent.Read More
keeping each other informed about the child’s friends, activities, and eventsRead More
following the parenting time schedule.Read More
helping the child have regular contact with the other parent when they are not together,
such as by phone calls, video calls, texts, e-mail, cards, and letters.Read More
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.Read More
may occur directly between parents or a parent and another person with whom the child is comfortable.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Your local domestic violence our local domestic violence program may be able to refer you to attorneys who understand the issues faced by abuse victims and who have a history of doing a good job with other victims.Read More
A: Yes, you still should consult an attorney, because attorneys and advocates serve very different roles. It is also a very good idea to have a domestic abuse advocate working with you and your lawyer.Read More
Choosing an attorney is perhaps the most important decision you will make. Going through any court process alone without an attorney can be very difficult. The law and the rules of the court can be very complicated. You are likely dealing with upsetting facts that may make handling a legal process even harder.Read More
Answer: Over the years in Minnesota and Wisconsin cases we have found litigants in cases with domestic violence need legal counsel in the following circumstances:
Legal papers have been served on you
An agency has taken (or has threatened to take) your children
Confronting an abuser in the courtroom or otherwise is unsafe or intimidating
The other side has a lawyer
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.