In Minnesota, Parenting Time (sometimes referred to as Visitation) describes the time that each parent has with a minor child. In most Family Law cases, parents are able to make effective decisions regarding their parenting time without the need for substantial input from the Judge.
In some cases, Parenting Time disagreements create issues that impact the ability of parents to cooperate and properly co-parent. These cases require more input from the Judge and generally will require the parents to participate in an Early Neutral Evaluation and Mediation.
Parenting Plans are a useful tool that can help parents to better define their Parenting Time. In addition, well-drafted Parenting Plans make it easier for parents to minimize conflict and to communicate more effectively, thereby reducing the need for unnecessary conflict after the case is completed.
In certain Family Law cases, the use of a Parenting Consultant (PC) or a Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE) can effectively help parents to resolve disputes that often arise as children become more involved with school activities and extracurricular events. In addition, the PC or PTE can often resolve other issues that frequently cause parents to return to Court.
Randall A. Smith is the founder and principal attorney of Lake Harriet Law Office and has practiced law since 1996. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. from Hamline University, his J.D. from Drake University and his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
Lake Harriet Law Office represents clients in Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, Southwest Minneapolis, Linden Hills, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, St. Paul, Wright County, Anoka County and Scott County.