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SHOULDN’T I GET TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN MY CHILD’S LIFE?

September 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

In addition to the new best interest factors, as of August 1, 2015, all custody orders must contain a notice of certain parental rights, regardless of the custody labels ordered by the court. This notice, as part of Minnesota Statute section 518.17, subdivision 3a, is as follows:

"NOTICE

EACH PARTY IS GRANTED THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS:

(1) right of access to, and to receive copies of, school, medical, dental, religious training, police reports, and other important records and information about the minor children;

(2) right of access to information regarding health or dental insurance available to the minor children;

(3) right to be informed by the other party as to the name and address of the school of attendance of the minor children;

(4) 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, unless attending the same conference would result in violation of a court order prohibiting contact with a party;

(5) right to be notified by the other party of an accident or serious illness of a minor child, including the name of the health care provider and the place of treatment;

(6) right to be notified by the other party if the minor child is the victim of an alleged crime, including the name of the investigating law enforcement officer or agency. There is no duty to notify if the party to be notified is the alleged perpetrator; and

(7) right to reasonable access and telephone or other electronic contact with the minor children."

The meaning of this is simple: this notice gives parents without legal custody the right to information about their child, despite not being able to make the major decisions associated with that information. This new notice recognizes that all parents, regardless of custody labels, should have access to information about their children that is important for all parents to know.

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