Protecting And Enforcing Your Parenting Time Rights
Whether you have been a very attentive parent or simply there in the background, your attitude about your child will dramatically change as soon as you are facing a judge in a custody matter. In joint or sole custody arrangements, the parents need to establish a parenting time schedule that outlines your time arrangements with your child. Enlist help from Goldstein Law Offices to ensure you are awarded adequate time.
Reasonable Visitation Time
The state’s visitation statute grants reasonable visitation to the noncustodial parent, unless the court finds, after a hearing, that visitation would seriously endanger the child’s physical, mental, moral or emotional health. In appropriate circumstances, visitation may include electronic communication under conditions and at times determined by the court.
Setting A Schedule
Depending on the custody agreement, parents may either have a joint parenting agreement or visitation schedule that allocates parenting time for each parent. This schedule should address:
- Residential time with each parent
- Holiday and special occasion times
- Summer times
- Vacation time
The agreement can also include any provisions the parents agree to follow, such as the first right of refusal, where a parent must offer the other parent the opportunity to spend time with the child if they cannot.
Weekends are the quality times; this is something that both parents should have. There is perhaps no better way to provide this than at least Friday afternoon thru Sunday, so typically there is an alternating weekend provision. Weekdays can be quality times or merely quantity time, if the parents live close enough and the children are flexible enough to divide the weekdays as well as overnights during the week. However, if the travel distance is too great or the children not flexible enough to sleep out during the week, this may be a matter of after school until an hour before the child’s bedtime, once or twice a week.