The one thing constant in life is change. So goes the old adage. And it’s not just in our individual lives that change is prevalent. It happens in the law, as well. With every legislative session on Capitol Hill in St. Paul, there are bound to be many changes to the legal code that have wide-ranging effects.
When the legislation sparks a lot of controversy or involves disagreements over tax dollars, the issue generates a lot of news coverage. When the issue is something that has more limited effect, often the matter never even shows up as a blip on the radar screens of news outlets.
Just such action this past session has resulted in changes to the law on child custody determinations. As a result of votes taken this year, certain provisions dealing with custody or parenting time issues have been either amended or repealed. Included as part of the action has been a refining of how Minnesota courts are to evaluate the best interests of a child when trying to resolve custody disputes.
Legal observers may differ on the relative value of the changes. But at least one writing for the Lake County News Chronicle says they are likely to make the job of creating parenting time agreements somewhat less contentious.
How they ultimately affect the process of sorting out child custody issues is something that will be revealed through application. But what is certain is that the changes mean some legal uncertainty for the near term.
Working with an experienced attorney is always recommended when dealing with custody disputes and evaluations, but it would seem to be even more necessary now in the wake of the recent changes.