Michigan Parenting Time Lawyer
The state of Michigan recognizes a parent's right to parenting time or visitation with his or her child. In many divorces, paternity cases, and other family law related cases involving children, issues of parenting time and visitation are highly contentious. When parents can agree to a parenting plan and schedule that is in the best interests of the children, it can often make the process less stressful and time consuming.
At the Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC, we are experienced at dealing with family law issues, including parenting time, visitation, and custody. When cooperation is possible, our attorney can assist you in arriving at an amicable agreement that will protect your children and your rights as a parent. When going to court is necessary, we will zealously advocate for your rights and interests.
When you are establishing a parenting time schedule or need to modify an existing parenting plan, call the Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC at 888-399-7979 to schedule a consultation.
Determining Parenting Time in Michigan
While every family court judge will use the best interests of the child as the overwhelming standard in determining parenting time and visitation rights, other factors are often considered as well, including:
(a) The existence of any special circumstances or needs of the child.
(b) Whether the child is a nursing child less than 6 months of age, or less than 1 year of age if the child receives substantial nutrition through nursing.
(c) The reasonable likelihood of abuse or neglect of the child during parenting time.
(d) The reasonable likelihood of abuse of a parent resulting from the exercise of parenting time.
(e) The inconvenience to, and burdensome impact or effect on, the child of traveling for purposes of parenting time.
(f) Whether a parent can reasonably be expected to exercise parenting time in accordance with the court order.
(g) Whether a parent has frequently failed to exercise reasonable parenting time.
(h) The threatened or actual detention of the child with the intent to retain or conceal the child from the other parent or from a third person who has legal custody. A custodial parent's temporary residence with the child in a domestic violence shelter shall not be construed as evidence of the custodial parent's intent to retain or conceal the child from the other parent.
(i) Any other relevant factors.