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In all divorce proceedings in Minnesota where there are contested issues of custody and/or parenting time, the parties are required to participate in a “parent education program.”
When determining whether to terminate a parents rights to his or her child, the court looks to the child’s best interests. The judge must look at each child as an individual and cannot merely assume that a parents prior conduct will automatically justify termination, even if that conduct resulted in termination of rights regarding a different child.
Children are a huge source of love in our lives; they can say one sentence, bring a huge smile to our face, and remind us of the innocence of childhood. Children all deserve that time of play, laughter, and fun as they grow up. This article addresses what parents and other loved ones can do to support children before, during and after a divorce.
By agreeing to the Parents Promise I am accepting responsibility as a parent to provide the best environment possible during this transition for my child.
Always be aware of your behavior first. Ask yourself Am I acting in the best interest of my child? Read the Parents Promise. Tell your child you love them through your actions and your words on a consistent basis. Give yourself reminders if you need to.
There are two ways to terminate a parental rights, voluntarily and involuntarily. A voluntary termination is agreed upon by both parents whereas an involuntary termination may occur without either parents consent.
When custody is in dispute, a Minnesota court issues a custody order that is in the "best interests of the child." Joint custody will only be awarded if parents have shown the court that they are willing and able to cooperate. A court also examines several factors with the child's welfare in mind. They include (1) the child's preference, (2) each parent's health, (3) the child's health and whether any special needs exist, (4) each parent's relationship with the child, (5) which parent has been the child's primary caretaker, (6) each parent's ability to provide a stable environment for the child, (7) any history of domestic violence or child abuse and (8) any allegations of abuse.
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