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From Minor to Adult – The Impact of Court Orders on Children with Special Needs

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Venue: Glacial Lakes Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $10.00

Deadline to Register: February 8

What happens when a disabled child reaches the age of 18? Minn. Stat. §645.451 defines "adult" as "an individual 18 years of age or older" with no reference to the individual’s capacity. Minn. Stat. §518A.26, Subd. 5 defines a "child" as "an individual under 18 years of age, an individual under age 20 who is still attending secondary school, or an individual who, by reason of physical or mental condition, is incapable of self-support." Minn. Stat. Chapter 518, which sets out the considerations for custody and parenting time, does not define "child" or "minor child."

What happens, then, when a disabled child nearing or beyond the age of 18 needs a guardian appointed as an alternate decision maker? Does the fact that child support can be required beyond the age of 18 give any authority to the obligor over the living arrangements, care and services to be provided to the disabled adult child? The presenters will discuss the issues raised by the statutory gaps outlined above as well as discuss two Minnesota Court of Appeals decisions involving these issues.

The Family Law Section membership will meet prior to the CLE at 9:30 a.m.  To attend the meeting remotely, dial 1-877-226-9607 and use conference code 512 067 2665#.


Patricia Buss | Attorney, Mediator, ENE Provider and Parenting Consultant

Patricia Buss is an attorney with Buss Law & Mediation, LLC in Burnsville where she practices family law, guardianship, and conservatorship cases. She is also a Qualified Family Neutral under Rule 114 and provides mediation, SENE, FENE and parenting consulting services.

Deborah Dewalt | Attorney, Mediator, ENE Provider, and Parenting Consultant

Deborah Dewalt is an attorney with Dewalt Law Office in Burnsville where she practices family law. She is also a Qualified Family Neutral under Rule 114 and provides mediation, SENE, FENE and moderated settlement conferences.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE credit approved | Event Code: 253162


Section Member:  Free 
MSBA Member not in the section:  $5.00 
Non-Member:  $10.00 
Law Student:  Free

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing and webcasting are available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the day before the CLE.

Satellite Locations 
*Please RSVP to the host if you plan to attend and let them know when you will arrive.

Duluth/Esko- hosted by Peter Radosevich
Radosevich Law Office
3 Hwy 61 E
Esko, MN 55733
(218) 879-0008 
**CLE & Business Meeting**
*Pizza and beverages provided

Faribault - hosted by Chris Braden
J. Scott Braden Law Office
415 2nd Avenue NW
Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 332-7483
**CLE & Business Meeting**
*Donuts and refreshments provided

(If you would like to host a satellite location, please contact Kayla Erbach.)

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Questions? Contact Kayla Erbach  | 612-278-6325

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Kayla Erbach at 612-278-6325 or  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this event.

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