Child custody is a difficult issue, but the labels associated with it are less important than the time that is spent with our children. Parenting time is a very important part of a child custody arrangement because it is a must for children to be able to spend time with both parents. Your Burnsville family law attorney can help you create a parenting time schedule that will make sense for everyone involved.
Your parenting time schedule is what defines when a child will visit with the non-custodial parent. This schedule determines where the child will be on holidays, spring breaks, vacations, and breaks from school. It is an arrangement that makes sense to you. However, it does depend upon a number of factories that include work schedules, the parental roles, the age of the child, extracurricular activities, and the child’s social activities. The court does not see visitation as something that involves mom or dad’s rights. What they do is they analyze the situation to see what is in the best interest of the child or children involved.
Your Burnsville divorce lawyer can help you negotiate a parenting time schedule. Many parents are able to negotiate a parenting time solution so that the non-custodial parent has the right to child care before grandparents, babysitters, and others. Every person responsible for child care is given some kind of role. However, the non-custodial parent must have access to the child before all others. Such provisions can be negotiated with the help of your attorney.
Parenting Time Modifications
There are times when parenting time modifications are needed. For instance, a child’s school performance may be suffering as the result of an arrangement or there are conflicts within the home. If you need to make modifications, it is a must to contact your lawyer first so that potentially serious legal issues can be avoided. Your lawyer can formally modify a parenting time schedule.
There are other issues that may lead to a modification in the schedule, such as the children getting older and their activities changing. Children of a certain age may even have a preference of where they want to go and when they want to go there. There are times that this may result in modification and there are times that the parents will respect the desires of the children. For instance, rather than going and spending spring break with a non-custodial parent, the child may seek permission to go to the beach with a friend.
Contact A Burnsville Divorce Lawyer
If there are issues with your current visitation arrangement that needs amending or you need to establish a visitation schedule, the Burns Law Office can help you reach a resolution that will suit all parties involved, especially the children. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (952) 898-6834 or fill out the contact form and we will review strategies with you, as well as options that will help you reach a better resolution in the end.