Parenting time is how the Michigan family courts refer to the time a child spends with each parent when the parents live in separate households. This can involve separated, divorced, and unmarried parents in custody and visitation matters. Michigan has established a child’s right to parenting time with both parents unless it has been determined by the courts that spending time with a parent would put the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health at risk.
If you need legal help in establishing your right to parenting time, you can turn to Ziulkowski & Associates. We have been representing parents in child custody and other family law issues since 2003. Our team has fought for parents in countless cases through negotiation efforts, mediation, and litigation before family court judges. We understand how stressful and urgent this matter can be and will work tirelessly to ensure that your case is thoroughly prepared, and your voice is heard.
Parenting time in Michigan is governed by MCL 722.27a. Under this law, parenting time and other child-related issues are governed by the standard of the child’s best interests. This commonly means that the best interests of the child are served by having parenting time with each parent that is frequent, enduring, and supportive of maintaining a strong parent-child relationship.
Thus, a joint schedule of parenting time is preferred by the courts. Only in cases where a child may be endangered is sole custody given to one parent. Sole custody cases usually involve a history of a parent denied custody based on the prior commission of domestic violence, substance abuse, or child neglect.
Parenting plans that create established time-sharing between households provide a child with stability and consistency and give both parents the chance to be involved in their child’s day-to-day life. Courts view this as important to a child’s development, psychological health, and success in school.
- A schedule of overnights spent with each parent, as well as how vacations, birthdays, holidays, and other special events will be handled
- Travel arrangements for the exchange of children between households
- How education and extra-curricular activities will be handled between parents
- Protocols for handling emergencies and/or requests for changes to parenting schedules
- Provisions for a child’s medical/dental care and needs
Other matters can be addressed in your parenting plan as well, based on the individual circumstances of your family. At Ziulkowski & Associates, we can help you negotiate and craft a parenting time-sharing schedule or full parenting plan that will comply with court policy while protecting your parent-child relationship.
Our family law team understands the concern and significance of parenting time for divorced and unmarried parents. Put the vast experience and skills of our parenting time attorneys in Clinton Township to work in helping you secure an optimum outcome.