During divorce proceedings or when parents otherwise separate, visitation and the amount of time that parents are allowed to spend with their children is a very highly debated issue, ripe with emotion and fear. Parenting time is the time that a child spends with his or her parents. Michigan law recognizes the importance of allowing children to spend time with both parents in order to facilitate and promote the healthy development and wellbeing of children in the State. Unless there is evidence that parenting time would be prejudicial to the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health, parenting time is presumed to be in the best interests of the child.
Parenting time should be of a frequency, duration and type reasonably calculated to promote a strong relationship between the child and the parent. If the parents can agree on a schedule, the courts will generally uphold the agreement, if it is flexible and reasonable. If the parties, however, cannot agree, the court will issue an order specifying exactly when the child will spend time with the non-custodial parent. When determining parenting time, courts will consider:
It is important to have an attorney assist you through the process. There are a significant number of factors that are used in determining parenting time, and it is important to be represented by an attorney who is well-versed in the factors that courts take into consideration. At the Law Office of Patrick L. Chatterton, we will protect your rights as a parent and promote the best interests of your children.