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Parenting Consultation

A Custody EvaluatorCUSTODY EVALUATOR: A court-appointed neutral expert who evaluates a family and makes a recommendation to the court for a custody, visitation, or parenting plan. is appointed by the court to make recommendations regarding custodial arrangements for the child based on statutory best interest factors When parents have serious concerns about each other's ability to parent or have a high level of conflict, the court orders an investigation and report. The custody evaluator conducts a full or focused (limited-scope) evaluation over a period of several months. A well-executed evaluation can be instrumental in helping parents reach a settlement.

A Parenting ConsultantPARENTING CONSULTANT: A parenting consultant is an individual appointed by the Court with the consent of the parties, pursuant to Rule 114.02(a)(10). (PC) is a qualified neutralQUALIFIED NEUTRAL: An individual who provides an ADR process under Rule 114.12. appointed by the Court only with the consent of the parties, pursuant to Rule 114.02(a)(10). PCs are used prior to filing or post-judgment when parties need assistance in parenting issues. The activities usually involve helping the parties to: (1) identify disputed issues; (2) reduce misunderstandings; (3) clarify priorities; (4) explore possibilities for compromise; (5) develop methods of collaboration in parenting; and (6) comply with the Court's order of custody, visitation, or guardianship. Decision making authority is defined by PC contractPC CONTRACT: Legally binding written agreement between parties and the PC concerning employment. and the Court orderCOURT ORDER: A direction issued by the court or judge regarding the named PC.. Most agreements stipulate that the decision of the PC is binding and may only be modified with a timely appeal to the Court. There is no confidentiality privilegeCONFIDENTIALITY PRIVILEGE: The extent to which communications in the ADR process are private and cannot be disclosed by the PC. accorded to the PC; all communications are subject to disclosure.

Limited Scope Parenting Consultant On An Interim BasisNEW   In this variant, the PC assists parents in resolving disputes regarding minor children but ONLY during the intervening period between separation and decree. It is a short-term, finite commitment to protect your children from domestic turmoil during the divorce proceedings. The PC's limited scope of authority is determined by you, the parents. The interim starts now. And it ends with the filing of your custody agreement. Download the Model Interim PC Appointment Order and discuss it with your attorney.

The role of the Parenting Time ExpeditorPARENTING TIME EXPEDITOR: A neutral person appointed by the Court to mediate and, if necessary, arbitrate parenting time disputes consistent with any Order or provision of the Judgment and Decree (PTE) is limited to enforcement, clarification, and interpretation of prior parenting planPARENTING PLAN: Designates a parenting time schedule, decision-making responsibility regarding the child, and method of dispute resolution under statute 518.1705. orders from the Court, under MN statute 518.1751. Either parent may request or the Court may appoint the PTE from the roster of qualified neutralsROSTER OF QUALIFIED NEUTRALS: Public list maintained by court administrator of individuals available to serve. while a matter is pending or after a decree is entered. Decisions are binding subject to court review. PTEs are used when parties need decisions made on a relatively quick basis. The confidentiality provisions of Rule 114 apply.

Supportive Supervised Child VisitationSUPERVISED VISITATION: all conversations and interactions are closely observed by an informed third-party. is contact between a noncustodial parent and one or more children in the presence of a trained third person, in which the supervisor is actively involved in promoting behavioral change in parent/child relationships.If the noncustodial parent were to attempt to say or do anything inappropriate, the supervisor intervenes. Supportive supervision may also be referred to as "directed," "educational," or "facilitated visitation."

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