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S.F. No. 3192 - Joint Petitions for Custody and Parenting Time
Author: Senator Mary Kiffmeyer
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Date: March 23, 2018


This bill expands current law that allows joint petitions for custody and parenting time and child support in marriage dissolution cases to include petitions for legal separation and other cases where paternity has been recognized or adjudicated and the parties agree on the issues.

Subdivision 1 contains the general procedure allowing the joint petition.

Subdivision 2 makes no changes in the required notice under current law.

Subdivision 3 allows a joint petition to be filed without a summons if a dissolution or legal separation decree has been entered or paternity has be adjudicated.

Subdivision 4 provides that Social Security numbers and financial documents will be in a separate, nonpublic court filing.

Subdivision 5 requires a recognition of parentage to be filed with a joint petition.

Subdivision 6 provides that if paternity has been recognized and there is no other alleged or presumed father and the parties agree to all of the issues, a joint petition may be filed.  Items that must be included in the joint petition are specified.

Subdivision 7 provides that if the joint petition, agreement, and proposed order comply with this section, then filing, review, and approval by the court is determined under the general law dealing with approval by the court without a hearing.

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