as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/20/2020 03:32pm
A bill for an act
relating to family law; updating the notice to parties in custody and parenting time
cases; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 518.168.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 518.168, is amended to read:
(a) Custody proceedings shall receive priority in being set for hearing.
(b) The court may tax as costs the payment of necessary travel and other expenses
incurred by a person whose presence at the hearing the court deems necessary to determine
the best interests of the child.
(c) The court without a jury shall determine questions of law and fact. If it finds that a
public hearing may be detrimental to the child's best interests, the court may exclude the
public from a custody hearing, but may admit any person who has a direct interest in the
(d) If the court finds it necessary for the protection of the child's welfare that the record
of an interview, report, investigation, or testimony in a custody proceeding be kept secret,
the court may make an appropriate order sealing the record.
(e) deleted text beginAtdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end the first hearing or deleted text beginatdeleted text end an initial appearance before the court under this
chapter, new text beginnew text endthe court shall
provide an information sheet to the parties explaining:
(1) in cases where alternative dispute resolution is required under General Rules of
Practice, rule 310.01, that the parties have the choice of using alternative dispute resolution
methods including mediation, arbitration, and other processes to resolve the divorce or
(2) how mediation new text beginnew text endand other available forms of alternative dispute resolution for
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(3) that the parties may choose which method of alternative dispute resolution to use;
(4) that the court administrator is able to provide additional information about resources
for alternative dispute resolution.
Each party deleted text beginwho is present at the first hearing or at an initial appearancedeleted text end must receive a copy
of the information sheet from the court.
(f) The state court administrator shall prepare an alternative dispute resolution information
sheet that the court must use to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (e).new text beginnew text end