If your Minnesota divorce decree is not specific enough about parenting time and holiday parenting time, I can fix it. Sometimes problems develop after a couple is divorced. There are disagreements about parenting time, for example, that were not contemplated at the time the divorce occurred. If this describes your situation I can help you.
In Minnesota, the term “visitation” has mostly been replaced by the term “parenting time.” So, if you are googling information about visitation, you should also try googling the phrase “parenting time.”
In Minnesota, when couples divorce, usually the divorce decree or court order has a provision relating to parenting time. This can be very unspecific, and for example, it can say that parenting time is “reasonable and liberal.” This phrase assumes that the divorce couple can cooperate without a specific set of rules to follow.
Other times, the divorce decree will provide a parenting time schedule. For example, it can say that parenting time is every other weekend, from Friday after school through Sunday at 6:00 p.m, an overnight every Wednesday, and alternating holidays. Or, the divorce decree can be even more specific, allocating specific holidays to each parent, with details including the pick up and drop off times and locations.
If you and your ex have problems with holiday parenting times, you need to resolve this now, before the holidays have actually arrived. If you contact my office at 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve asking for help, its really too late for me to have a meaningful impact on your situation.
If you and your ex have chronic disagreements about parenting time, often I will take steps to amend the current divorce decree to either clarify the schedule, and sometimes I include language that appoints a Parenting Consultant. A Parenting Consultant is a neutral professional who has the legal authority to resolve parenting time disputes, award make-up parenting time, and generally be available as a resource. By Minnesota statute,a Parenting Consultant (also known as a PC in Minnesota) can have either a lot of authority, or not as much authority, depending upon what the court orders.
At Fiskum Law Office, P.A., we can amend your divorce decree after you have already been divorced, so that it addresses parenting time problems and other issues that have arisen after the divorce. Please feel free to call attorney Daniel Fiskum, Esq., at (952) 270-7700 to schedule a free case analysis.
Fiskum Law Office, P.A., is a full-service divorce and family law firm conveniently located in the Carlson Towers, near the Ridgedale Shopping Center in Minnetonka, Minnesota, at the intersection of Highway 494 and Highway 394.