The facts about parenting time and visitation
Parenting time is the time a parent has with the child or children. Parents and their family law attorneys often work hard to arrive at a compromise regarding parenting time that is in the best interest of the child or children, and meets the needs of that child or children and both parents.
At Barberi Law, we understand that the key to a child’s healthy growth and emotional development lies in quality time spent with both parents. Our attorneys guide our clients through this process until a compromise can be reached through mediation. Often, our clients have several questions that need to be addressed, such as:
- Is there a standard legal definition for “reasonable” parenting time?
- Can a parenting time plan be modified after the divorce is final?
- Can a child’s grandparents be included in a parenting time agreement?
These and many more questions are addressed in a book written by Mr. Barberi. The book, “The Divorce Book: What Every Michigan Married Man Or Woman Needs to Know…and 5 Things That Can Sink Your Divorce Case,” has been specifically written to answer questions regarding your rights and the legal process in custody and parenting time cases. No matter your situation, we encourage you to contact our office. We will mail you Mr. Barberi’s book free of charge, and you can schedule a consultation at our office, if you feel that such a consultation would be helpful to you.
Parenting time orders and rights
- What should I do if the other party violates the parenting time order?
If the custodial parent refuses to allow contact between the non-custodial parent and the child or children, generally the non-custodial parent should first notify the friend of the court in writing of the situation. The friend of the court will make a written determination about whether the parenting time plan was violated and what steps need to be taken to make up time. It is not uncommon for a representative of the friend of the court to recommend that the matter should be heard by a referee or a judge.
- Can the court deny a parent’s right to continued involvement?
In some situations, yes. In extreme cases where it can be demonstrated that a child or children are in danger or has been harmed, the court might rule that parenting time be suspended or be supervised by a third party.