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518.68 Required notices.
    Subdivision 1. Requirement. Every court order or judgment and decree under this chapter
or chapter 518A that provides for child support, spousal maintenance, custody, or parenting
time must contain certain notices as set out in subdivision 2. The information in the notices
must be concisely stated in plain language. The notices must be in clearly legible print, but may
not exceed two pages. An order or judgment and decree without the notice remains subject to
all statutes. The court may waive all or part of the notice required under subdivision 2 relating
to parental rights under section 518.17, subdivision 3, if it finds it is necessary to protect the
welfare of a party or child.
    Subd. 2. Contents. The required notices must be substantially as follows:
IMPORTANT NOTICE
1. PAYMENTS TO PUBLIC AGENCY
According to Minnesota Statutes, section 518A.50, payments ordered for maintenance
and support must be paid to the public agency responsible for child support enforcement
as long as the person entitled to receive the payments is receiving or has applied for
public assistance or has applied for support and maintenance collection services. MAIL
PAYMENTS TO:
2. DEPRIVING ANOTHER OF CUSTODIAL OR PARENTAL RIGHTS -- A FELONY
A person may be charged with a felony who conceals a minor child or takes, obtains,
retains, or fails to return a minor child from or to the child's parent (or person with custodial
or visitation rights), according to Minnesota Statutes, section 609.26. A copy of that section
is available from any district court clerk.
3. NONSUPPORT OF A SPOUSE OR CHILD -- CRIMINAL PENALTIES
A person who fails to pay court-ordered child support or maintenance may be charged
with a crime, which may include misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony charges,
according to Minnesota Statutes, section 609.375. A copy of that section is available from
any district court clerk.
4. RULES OF SUPPORT, MAINTENANCE, PARENTING TIME
(a) Payment of support or spousal maintenance is to be as ordered, and the giving of gifts or
making purchases of food, clothing, and the like will not fulfill the obligation.
(b) Payment of support must be made as it becomes due, and failure to secure or denial of
parenting time is NOT an excuse for nonpayment, but the aggrieved party must seek relief
through a proper motion filed with the court.
(c) Nonpayment of support is not grounds to deny parenting time. The party entitled to
receive support may apply for support and collection services, file a contempt motion, or
obtain a judgment as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 548.091.
(d) The payment of support or spousal maintenance takes priority over payment of debts
and other obligations.
(e) A party who accepts additional obligations of support does so with the full knowledge
of the party's prior obligation under this proceeding.
(f) Child support or maintenance is based on annual income, and it is the responsibility of a
person with seasonal employment to budget income so that payments are made throughout
the year as ordered.
(g) Reasonable parenting time guidelines are contained in Appendix B, which is available
from the court administrator.
(h) The nonpayment of support may be enforced through the denial of student grants;
interception of state and federal tax refunds; suspension of driver's, recreational, and
occupational licenses; referral to the department of revenue or private collection agencies;
seizure of assets, including bank accounts and other assets held by financial institutions;
reporting to credit bureaus; interest charging, income withholding, and contempt
proceedings; and other enforcement methods allowed by law.
(i) The public authority may suspend or resume collection of the amount allocated for child
care expenses if the conditions of section 518A.40, subdivision 4, are met.
5. MODIFYING CHILD SUPPORT
If either the obligor or obligee is laid off from employment or receives a pay reduction,
child support may be modified, increased, or decreased. Any modification will only take
effect when it is ordered by the court, and will only relate back to the time that a motion
is filed. Either the obligor or obligee may file a motion to modify child support, and may
request the public agency for help. UNTIL A MOTION IS FILED, THE CHILD SUPPORT
OBLIGATION WILL CONTINUE AT THE CURRENT LEVEL. THE COURT IS NOT
PERMITTED TO REDUCE SUPPORT RETROACTIVELY.
6. PARENTAL RIGHTS FROM MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 518.17, SUBDIVISION 3
    Unless otherwise provided by the Court:
(a) Each party has the right of access to, and to receive copies of, school, medical, dental,
religious training, and other important records and information about the minor children.
Each party has the right of access to information regarding health or dental insurance
available to the minor children. Presentation of a copy of this order to the custodian of a
record or other information about the minor children constitutes sufficient authorization for
the release of the record or information to the requesting party.
(b) Each party shall keep the other informed as to the name and address of the school of
attendance of the minor children. Each party has the right to be informed by school officials
about the children's welfare, educational progress and status, and to attend school and parent
teacher conferences. The school is not required to hold a separate conference for each party.
(c) In case of an accident or serious illness of a minor child, each party shall notify the
other party of the accident or illness, and the name of the health care provider and the
place of treatment.
(d) Each party has the right of reasonable access and telephone contact with the minor
children.
7. WAGE AND INCOME DEDUCTION OF SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE
Child support and/or spousal maintenance may be withheld from income, with or without
notice to the person obligated to pay, when the conditions of Minnesota Statutes, section
518A.53 have been met. A copy of those sections is available from any district court clerk.
8. CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR RESIDENCE
Unless otherwise ordered, each party shall notify the other party, the court, and the public
authority responsible for collection, if applicable, of the following information within ten
days of any change: the residential and mailing address, telephone number, driver's license
number, Social Security number, and name, address, and telephone number of the employer.
9. COST OF LIVING INCREASE OF SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE
Child support and/or spousal maintenance may be adjusted every two years based upon
a change in the cost of living (using Department of Labor Consumer Price Index ..........,
unless otherwise specified in this order) when the conditions of Minnesota Statutes, section
518A.75, are met. Cost of living increases are compounded. A copy of Minnesota Statutes,
section 518A.75, and forms necessary to request or contest a cost of living increase are
available from any district court clerk.
10. JUDGMENTS FOR UNPAID SUPPORT
If a person fails to make a child support payment, the payment owed becomes a judgment
against the person responsible to make the payment by operation of law on or after the date
the payment is due, and the person entitled to receive the payment or the public agency may
obtain entry and docketing of the judgment WITHOUT NOTICE to the person responsible
to make the payment under Minnesota Statutes, section 548.091. Interest begins to accrue on
a payment or installment of child support whenever the unpaid amount due is greater than
the current support due, according to Minnesota Statutes, section 548.091, subdivision 1a.
11. JUDGMENTS FOR UNPAID MAINTENANCE
A judgment for unpaid spousal maintenance may be entered when the conditions of
Minnesota Statutes, section 548.091, are met. A copy of that section is available from any
district court clerk.
12. ATTORNEY FEES AND COLLECTION COSTS FOR ENFORCEMENT OF CHILD
SUPPORT
A judgment for attorney fees and other collection costs incurred in enforcing a child support
order will be entered against the person responsible to pay support when the conditions of
section 518A.735, are met. A copy of sections 518.14 and 518A.735 and forms necessary
to request or contest these attorney fees and collection costs are available from any district
court clerk.
13. PARENTING TIME EXPEDITOR PROCESS
On request of either party or on its own motion, the court may appoint a parenting time
expeditor to resolve parenting time disputes under Minnesota Statutes, section 518.1751.
A copy of that section and a description of the expeditor process is available from any
district court clerk.
14. PARENTING TIME REMEDIES AND PENALTIES
Remedies and penalties for the wrongful denial of parenting time are available under
Minnesota Statutes, section 518.175, subdivision 6. These include compensatory parenting
time; civil penalties; bond requirements; contempt; and reversal of custody. A copy of that
subdivision and forms for requesting relief are available from any district court clerk.
    Subd. 3. Copies of law and forms. The district court administrator shall make available at
no charge copies of the sections referred to in subdivision 2, and shall provide forms to request or
contest attorney fees and collection costs or a cost-of-living increase under section 518A.735 or
518A.75.
History: 1993 c 322 s 16; 1994 c 630 art 11 s 13-15; 1996 c 391 art 1 s 4,5; 1997 c 203
art 6 s 49,92; 1997 c 245 art 2 s 6; 2000 c 444 art 2 s 40,41; 2000 c 458 s 6; 2001 c 158 s 4;
2005 c 164 s 13,29; 1Sp2005 c 7 s 28