Parenting Time Expediting (PTE)

A Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE) is a person appointed pursuant to Minn. Stat. §518.1751 to assist parents with parenting time disputes. 

Expediting involves first assisting the parents in reaching agreement on their parenting time disputes and, if that is not possible, making a decision which is binding until overturned or changed by a judicial office.  A PTE may or may not actually meet children in the case.  The process is confidential, as defined by the statute.  With limited exceptions, a  PTE  may not be called to testify in court or provide information to the court.  A PTE can be appointed in cases involving a claim of domestic abuse only if the victim, who is represented by counsel, agrees to use the process and the process will not involve face-to-face meetings. 

Parenting Time Expeditors are limited by statute to dealing with issues involving parenting time only and may not change a court order.  They may be appointed by the court even if the parties are not in agreement.