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Parenting-time refers to which parent the child lives with. In a very broad sense, there are two kinds of parenting-time: equal and unequal.

Who Gets To Decide?

In deciding on a parenting-time plan, a judge considers many factors:

  • What kind of relationship the parent has had with the child
  • How the parents interact the child’s brothers and sisters, plus anyone else who may significantly impact the child’s best interests
  • How the child is currently adjusted to home, school and neighborhood
  • How the child feels about parenting-time, provided the child is of an age or mature enough to have an opinion
  • The mental and physical health of parents and the child
  • Whether either parent is open to allowing the child frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with the other parent
  • Whether there are reports of violence or child abuse in the family
  • Whether coercion or duress were involved in obtaining a decision-making or parenting-time agreement
  • Whether either parent has been convicted of false reporting of child abuse or neglect

Question: Do You Really Need A Lawyer?

If you and your ex-spouse are in complete agreement and have a parenting plan in place that both can embrace, you may not need a lawyer at all. But in most cases, there is enormous emotion about having access to the children of the marriage. It is a difficult situation requiring thoughtfulness and knowledge of the law. That is what I provide for my clients.

I also assist with modifications to parenting plans so the courts are made aware of significant changes, including relocation.

Call me at 623-239-0015 to discuss your parenting-time challenge. You can also write to me by email to schedule a one hour free consultation!.