Just because a family is changing, it doesn’t mean that
both parents don’t want to spend time with the child(ren).
With few exceptions, it is always in the best interest of
the child(ren) involved to spend quality time with both parents; in other words, it is usually in the child(ren)’s best interest for both parents to have quality “parenting time.”
Parenting time is an issue that is resolved as part of any custody matter; whether parenting time takes place “as reasonably agreed between the parties,” or parenting time takes place pursuant to a specific schedule. Regardless, it is important that you understand the implications of establishing a parenting time schedule. Parenting time, as with custody, is not an easy thing to change. In fact, in order to re-visit a parenting time schedule or a custody arrangement, you have to show that there has been both a change in circumstances or proper cause, and you must show that the proposed change is in the child(ren)’s best interest. For this reason, a proceeding involving a parenting time determination is incredibly important.
Many times, as with custody arrangements, parents often do agree on a parenting time schedule. In these situations we can help you memorialize your parenting time schedule into a final Judgment or Order and make sure all outstanding issues are properly resolved.
If you and your child(ren)’s mother or father do not agree on a parenting time schedule, there are a couple of options. Our office can work with you to help negotiate a parenting time schedule that works best for both parents – and the child(ren), either by talking with your child(ren)’s mother or father, or their attorney. Even if you disagree about a parenting time schedule right now, having a series of productive conversations about an appropriate parenting time schedule can often help resolve the conflict that exists in this area.
If you and your child(ren)’s mother or father do not agree
on how to resolve the issue of parenting time, and cannot
otherwise reach an agreement on this issue, the issue of
parenting time will ultimately be decided by the Court.
Plont & Plont is experienced in handling parenting time
disputes, and can help advise and educate you so that you
can make an informed decision as to how you want to
proceed with your case.
Don’t let your questions remain unanswered, contact us
today and set up a consultation.