Minnesota Parenting Time Modification Lawyers
Because a custody modification is such a difficult thing to accomplish in family court, some parents will elect to, instead, seek a modification of the parenting time schedule. Our Minnesota parenting time modification lawyers can help present, or defend against, a request to change the parenting time schedule.
Use of the “Best Interest” Standard
Custody modification usually requires a showing of child endangerment, whereas a change to the parenting time schedule is made in accordance with the “best interest of the child” standard. The practical implication is that the exact same standard that applied to the initial custody and parenting time order applies to a modification of parenting time post-decree.
Custody Labels and Access Schedules
Some recent decisions from the Minnesota Court of Appeals make it apparent that the scheduled time with a child is quite distinct from the custody label itself. In other words, a joint physical custody label is not required in order to enjoy equal access with your children. Nor does joint physical custody necessarily mean that equal time will spent in each household. We rely heavily on these concepts to modify the schedule in a way that completely ignores the name given to the custodial arrangement.