Parenting Time In Michigan
There is no other case closer to one’s heart than deciding the custody and parenting time rights each parent will have over their children. When parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement or parenting time schedule that works for them, it is up to the court to figure it out for them. If you find yourself in such a scenario, it is imperative that you contact an experienced family law attorney to help you in your case. Once a judge has issued an order, it is very difficult to modify that order later on. You need to make sure that you get it right the first time around; your children are counting on that from you.
What’s the Difference Between Custody and Parenting Time
There are two kinds of child custody in Michigan – physical and legal. Also, each kind of custody may be given to one parent solely or to both parents jointly. For those cases where a judge orders that one parent be given sole physical custody (child resides with that parent), it is appropriate to give the noncustodial parent parenting time with the minor child. Parenting time exists not only for the benefit of the noncustodial parent, but even more so for the benefit of the child as there is a presumption that a strong relationship with both parents is in a child’s best interests.
How Will Parenting Time Be Decided?
Where the parents can come to an agreement on what a parenting time schedule should be, a judge will likely sign off on it every time. Judges understand that it is always going to be in everyone’s best interests, not just the parents, if mom and dad can agree on a schedule on their own. It makes far more sense for the parties to compromise than for a stranger to make a decision that will have a major impact on all their lives. However, if the parties cannot come to an agreement that is exactly what will happen.
The court will base parenting time on the best interests of the child. The friend of the court in many jurisdictions provide recommended parenting time schedules on their websites, so it may be beneficial to check that information with the other party to get a good grasp on what reasonable parenting time usually looks like. Parenting time schedules usually provide that the noncustodial parent gets their children for overnight stays at least twice a month, and children are usually with each parent on every other holiday. Where parents live far away from one another, parenting time schedules need to be creative to afford reasonable parenting time to the non-custodial parent.
Contact a Michigan Family Law Attorney Today
Akiva Goldman & Associates are experienced family law attorneys who can help you get the parenting time you deserve, or modify an already existing parenting time order in your favor. Contact our office today for a free consultation at 586-268-2400.
Get Help From Michigan Parenting Time Lawyers
Parenting time issues can create stress and hardship on those who find themselves battling with an ex. However, these cases are extremely important, and you need an experienced family law attorney to guide you through the process. Goldman & Associate are experienced custody and parenting time attorneys in Metro Detroit; call us today at 586-268-2400. We can help you with your legal matters.