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The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court’s denial of Father’s request for additional parenting time to provide before- and after-school child care for the parties’ son, K.T., while Mother was working.
The parties stipulated to joint legal and physical custody with equal parenting time, and the district court approved the parenting time. Ten days later, Father filed a motion for additional parenting time to provide child care for K.T. before and after school on Mother’s parenting days. The district court denied the request. Father appealed, arguing that the district court based its decision on irrelevant or repealed factors and that the district court erred by failing to make detailed findings on the newly amended best-interest factors listed in Minn. Stat. 518.17(1)(a). The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) parenting time modifications under Minn. Stat. 518.175(8) do not require the same detailed, specific findings that an order establishing custody or parenting time now requires; and (2) the district court did not rely on factors that were either repealed or irrelevant.