Domestic Relations provides services for families only after being referred by the Court.
We provide confidential Mediation assisting parties to resolve disputes over child custody and/or parenting time. Domestic Relations also conducts child custody and/or parenting time Evaluation, and makes recommendations to the court. Recommendations may include legal and physical custody, a parenting schedule, graduated parenting schedule, supervised parenting time, parent-child reunification, drug-testing and treatment, parenting classes, counseling, and anger management.
Purpose of Referral to Domestic Relations
The overall goal of a referral to Domestic Relations is a Custody and/or Parenting Time Order. This order will result from 1) Agreement by the parties (Stipulation), or 2) a decision by the court following review of an evaluation report with recommendations conducted by Domestic Relations, or 3) an evidentiary hearing (trial).
The court may re-refer the case back to Domestic Relations for Parenting Time Services (PTS) to assist the parties implement the requirements of the court order.
Parenting Time Evaluation
For more detailed information and resources please see:
Parenting Time Services
Custody and Best Interest of Children
Developmental Stages of Children
Parents Helping Their Children
For Child Protection, Truancy, and Delinquency cases, see Juvenile Court.
For Domestic Abuse, Restraining Orders, and Orders for Protection, see: Domestic Abuse Service Center.
County Board resolution 2004-455, and MN statute 518.167 subd. 5 allows Domestic Relations to collect fees for services to families. Domestic Relations has a philosophy that children benefit when parents are able to cooperate and be self-determinative regarding parenting and custody issues. To that end, we have created incentives for parties to reach agreements at any time during the evaluative process, as indicated on our Fee Schedule
Referral by the Court l Mediation l Evaluation l Custody and Best Interest of Children l Developmental Stages of Children l Parenting Time l Parents Helping Their Children l Parenting Time Evaluation l Domestic Abuse l Community Resources l Book Resources l Privacy Rights l Fee Schedule