Divorce in Michigan: How Parenting Time is Determined

Divorce in Michigan - Parenting Time

Are you and your child’s other parent trying to decide how much parenting time each of you should get?

Do you think that your child’s other parent may need supervised visits with your child?

For the past few weeks now, we have been wading through information about divorce in Michigan. Recently, we have been taking a closer look into how divorce affects children legally. We have covered topics like custody and what “best interest of the child” means.

Please Note This Information is General

Divorce is rarely easy, but knowing what is coming next might help to ease the burden. Please note that the information provided for you on this blog is general and is not intended as legal counsel. Every divorce is different just like every couple is different and every child is different.

Parenting Time

Today, we are covering parenting time. Parenting time will depended on what kind of custody is decided. Let’s examine the types custody that may be awarded and what parenting time may look like with each.

Sole Custody Parenting Time

If one parent is given sole physical custody, meaning that the child lives at one house, the other parent will most likely be given parenting time.

Joint Custody Parenting Time

If it has been decided that the child should live with both parents, then a schedule should be made out for when the child will be spending time with each parent.

Third Party Parenting Time

There are times when the court will decide that parenting time needs to be supervised by a third party. That third party could be a grandparent, a relative or a supervised visitation center.

How Will Parenting Time Be Decided?

Typically it is assumed that it is in the best interest of the child to have a relationship with both parents. However, that isn’t always the case. The court will use what is known as the “best interest for the child” factors to decide parenting time.

You can read more about the “best interest for the child” factors in the articles, Divorce in Michigan – ‘Best Interest of the Child’ Factors (part 1) and ‘Best Interest of the Child’ Factors – Part 2.

As stated earlier, this information is general and is not intended to be taken as legal counsel. If you have any specific questions unique to your situation, please call my office.

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