A court ordered investigation for child support can be a difficult process. The investigator may consult any person who may have information about the child and potential custody arrangements, except for the parties involved in the mediation. The investigator’s report must take into consideration the best interests of the child and include a detailed analysis of all information considered for each factor. Then, the investigator must make a recommendation and give a reason for that recommendation. This option is normally a last resort for parties that are unable to come to terms on their own.

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Parenting Time in Minnesota

In dissolution or legal separation proceedings, on request of either parent, the court must grant parenting time rights in the child’s best interests. There is a presumption that a parent gets at least 25 percent of the time with the child. The court may restrict parenting time or deny it entirely if it would endanger or impair the child. A parent’s failure to pay support because of inability to do so is not sufficient cause to deny parenting time. If one parent wrongfully denies the other’s parenting time rights, various remedies are available. The court may also refer a parenting time dispute to a parenting time expeditor or mediation. Minn. Stat. §§ 518.175; 518.1751; 518.612; 518.619

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