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Visitation and Child Support Enforcement Task Force
Active dates:1995 - 1997
Supreme Court Order C1-95-2120
Function: The supreme court is requested to study whether there is a relationship between visitation and payment of child support in Minnesota. The study shall examine the extent to which:
(1) custodial parents deny noncustodial parents court-ordered visitation and other parental rights;
(2) noncustodial parents fail to exercise their court-ordered visitation;
(3) lack of access to the courts prevents timely resolution of visitation matters; and
(4) visitation impacts noncustodial parents' compliance with court-ordered child support.
(b) The study shall include recommendations on the following:
(1) methods for resolving visitation matters in an efficient, nonadversarial setting that is accessible to parties at the lowest possible cost;
(2) statutory changes that would encourage compliance with court-ordered visitation; and
(3) the effectiveness and impact of a policy linking visitation and payment of child support.
The supreme court shall report the study and recommendations to the legislature no later than January 15, 1997, and may make interim recommendations for the 1996 legislative session.
Pursuant to the Legislature's request, on November 11, 1995, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an Order establishing the Advisory Task Force on Visitation and Child Support Enforcement ["Task Force"].
The first meeting of the Task Force took place on December 15, 1995.
In 1997 the MN Supreme Court Advisory Task Force on Visitation and Child Support Enforcement recommended that the legislature implement parent education programs in each judicial district. This led to 1997 Minn. Laws Chap. 245 Art. 2 Sec. 1 (SF830). See Sec. 1 for the language that went in at that time mandating parent education programs within the judicial district for the purpose of educating parents about the impact that divorce, the restructuring of families, and judicial proceedings have upon children and families; methods for preventing visitation conflicts; and dispute resolution options.
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