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Deciding Parenting Time Under Michigan Divorce Law

Jun 10, 2016

Michigan divorce law has a variety of requirements when it comes to deciding on who will have custody of a child. In each situation, the outcome depends on a matter of things such as if there is any reason one parent did more or provided more than another parent. However, one thing that can be very difficult to determine is parenting time. How much time does each parent get with the child?

It’s Up to You

It is nearly always better for the parents to make key decisions like this together. Whenever possible, it is beneficial that both parents discuss their specific needs and desires and then come to a compromise that fits everyone’s needs. Of course, in divorce, this is not always easy to do. When it is possible, work out an agreement that fits your needs and provides what you both believe is a fair solution.

When It Can’t Be Decided

The court will make decisions about parenting time, along with custody matters, during a divorce. If one parent is given the sole custody of the child, the other one is generally given parenting time. It is flexible in terms of how parenting time is established. It could be for specific dates or times. It can be left for the parents to work out as well. In some situations, the court can rule that a third party must supervise parenting time. This might be a friend or grandparent, for example. It can also be done at a supervised visitation center.

Ultimately, the decisions Michigan courts make will be based on the best interests of the child. Generally, it is necessary for both parents to be given parenting time, but some situations may warrant against this such as in violent situations. By working with a Michigan divorce attorney, you can ensure the very best outcome possible is obtained whenever it is possible. Don’t let a judge make decisions for you.



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