Unless you’ve been on jury duty or gone to court to fight a traffic ticket, you’re probably one of the majority of Minnesotans who’ve never had any contact with the courts, the court process, or even seen the inside of a courtroom. So when your Minnesota Family Law attorney tells you there is an ICMC scheduled in your case, it’s likely you’re also one of the many who start getting nervous. After all, it’s natural to be apprehensive of the unknown.
Well, the first thing you need to know is that an Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC) is nothing to be worried or stressed out about. When you begin a family law case dealing with divorce, child custody, parenting time or paternity, it’s common for the judicial officer assigned to your case to begin with an ICMC. But, what exactly is an ICMC?
We will tell you it’s an informal meet-and-greet road-mapping session with the judge or referee assigned to your case. It’s a way for the judicial officer to get to know a little bit about the parties in the case, look over what’s being requested, and make the parties aware of various methods of alternative dispute resolution from which they can select to reach resolution of the case.
If you have a family law matter and would like representation to guide you through the process, contact us.
Deciding how you will share your child’s time between parents is one of the first things most parents think about after a divorce is contemplated. It seems like a simple enough question but there really is a lot to consider. Start by considering your child’s needs and use that to help guide your decisions. Next review the questions below with the other parent to help you better plan your parenting time schedule.
- Where will your child live and go to school?
- Is this the home he/she will continue to have as her primary residence?
- What is the time breakdown for your child and each parent?
- What schedule works best for your child?
- What schedule works best for each parent?
- Where will each parent live/What if the other parent lives in a different geographical location?
- Who will be providing the transportation?
- Where will your child spend vacations, holidays, and special events?
- What holidays will your child celebrate?
- Do you want your child to participate in certain cultural events?
- How will your child’s time off from school be spent?
- In what way and how far in advance will you communicate with the other parent about special events or vacations?
- Who will be the physician?
There is a lot to consider when deciding how to allocate time between parents. But, if you discuss these items in advance, and have a plan going in, it could save you a huge headache down the road.
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As indicated in the previous post, utilizing a Positive parenting style is integral in helping your children build more self-confidence, increase social skills, and perform better in school. If you realized you were using one of the other parenting styles and want to know how to transition into a Positive Parenting style below are some ideas. If you are not doing these, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate and incorporate some, if not all, of these tactics. Continue reading “Parenting Styles Part II: How to Incorporate Positive Parenting Techniques”
Everyone has a different approach to parenting. How you decide to parent your child can come from a combination of factors, but mainly your parenting style comes from how you were raised. There are four basic parenting styles.
Knowing which one you use can help you to understand why you react certain ways and how each action can positively or negatively affect your child. Likewise, knowing your spouse’s parenting style will help you recognize how they approach situations.
Whether you are married or divorced it is helpful to understand which styles of parenting your children are receiving from each parent. Continue reading “What Kind of Parent are You?”
Divorce can be a difficult and emotionally draining situation, and when children are involved the process can become even more complicated. But for your children’s well being, one important thing to remember is to be supportive of the child’s relationship with the other parent. This is sometimes not an easy stance to take, especially if there is still anger or hurt present. Continue reading “Minnesota Family Lawyers on Children and Parent Relationships”
During a divorce and custody battle the courts main concern is the well-being of your child. Ideally you and the other parent would work together to create a parenting plan that suits everyone involved. This is optimal because you know your child best, you have a say in how they are raised, and then it makes it easier for the judge to approve. Additionally, it is much more cost effective to not involve the court in your parenting decisions. In the event you don’t come up with a parenting plan to present to the court, then it will be up to the court to determine how you should raise your child.
In both cases the judge will ask you questions to ensure the best interest of your child is taken into account. Below is a list of some typical questions the judge may ask. These are good things to proactively think about prior to making your court appearance.
Continue reading “Minnesota Family Law on Presenting Your Parenting Plan in Court”
Outside of the legal profession, custody is simple. After a divorce, who takes care of your children?
Within this simple question, though, other details come up. Where will your children live? Who will make decisions about raising them?
There are two different kinds of custody and two different ways each can be awarded to a parent by the court.
Below are the ways the Minnesota Statute defines custody and our practical definitions:
- Statutory definition: “Legal custody means the right to determine the child’s upbringing, including education, health care, and religious training.”
- Practical definition: When you have sole legal custody, you alone make the major decisions about raising your child. When you have joint legal custody both you and your child’s other parent share in making major decisions about raising your child.
Physical custody and residence
- Statutory definition: “Physical custody and residence means the routine daily care and control and the residence of the child.”
- Practical definition: When you have sole physical custody your child resides mainly with you. When you share joint physical custody, your child usually spends substantial time in both your home and your child’s other parent’s home.
- Statute definition: “Custody determination means a court decision and court orders and instructions providing for the custody of a child, including parenting time, but does not include a decision relating to child support or any other monetary obligation of any person.”
- Practical definition: A custody determination sets forth the legal and physical custody arrangements for you child as defined above. These orders may include, or may not include, financial responsibilities for each parent, as well.