as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 02:06pm
A bill for an act
relating to family law; requiring the court to provide certain notices; modifying
requirements for parent education program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
section 518.157, subdivisions 1, 3.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 518.157, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endBy January 1, 1998, the chief
judge of each judicial district or a designee shall implement one or more parent education
programs within the judicial district for the purpose of educating parents about the impact
that divorce, the restructuring of families, and judicial proceedings have upon children and
families; methods for preventing parenting time conflicts; and dispute resolution options.
The chief judge of each judicial district or a designee may require that children attend a
separate education program designed to deal with the impact of divorce upon children as
part of the parent education program. Each parent education program must enable persons
to have timely and reasonable access to education sessions.
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Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 518.157, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endIn a proceeding under this chapter where new text beginnew text endcustody or new text beginnew text endparenting time deleted text beginis contesteddeleted text endnew text beginnew text end, the parents of a minor child
shall attend a minimum of eight hours in an orientation and education program that meets
the minimum standards promulgated by the Minnesota Supreme Court.
new text beginnew text end In all deleted text beginotherdeleted text end proceedings involving custody, support, or parenting time the court may
order the parents of a minor child to attend a parent education program.
new text beginnew text end The program shall provide the court with names of persons who fail to attend the
parent education program as ordered by the court. Persons who are separated or contemplating
involvement in a dissolution, paternity, custody, or parenting time proceeding may attend
a parent education program without a court order.
new text beginnew text end Unless otherwise ordered by the court, participation in a parent education program
must begin new text beginnew text endwithin 30 days after the first
filing with the court or as soon as practicable after that time based on the reasonable
availability of classes for the program for the parent. Parent education programs must offer
an opportunity to participate at all phases of a pending or postdecree proceeding.
new text beginnew text end Upon request of a party and a showing of good cause, the court may excuse the party
from attending the program. If past or present domestic abuse, as defined in chapter 518B,
is alleged, the court shall not require the parties to attend the same parent education sessions
and shall enter an order setting forth the manner in which the parties may safely participate
in the program.
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