Are you worried about what kind of parenting time the court will order? If you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement about how to share the physical care of your children, a court will decide for you.
Many clients want an equal parenting time schedule, but are concerned that the court will order an every other weekend schedule. This type of schedule could be ordered, but it won’t necessarily be what is ordered for you.
There are many factors that the court takes into account when deciding what kind of parenting time each parent should have. Some of these factors include:
-Who has spent more time with child(ren) traditionally
-The age of the child(ren)
-Schedules of both parents and schedules of the child(ren)
-How well the parents can communicate
-Whether there has been domestic violence
-What schedule has been exercised since the filing of the Petition
-The stability of each parent at their respective households
My job as an attorney is to provide the court with testimony and exhibits regarding parenting time. The information I provide will show the court that you should have the parenting time you are requesting (as long as your request is reasonable).
At all times, your main concern should be about the best interests of your child(ren). Sometimes emotions get in the way of seeing what is best for your child(ren). My job is to help you evaluate this objectively and determine what kind of parenting time we should request. If you determine, after consultation, that it is in the child(ren)’s best interests to spend fifty percent of the time with their Mother/Father, then that is what you should request. If the child(ren) will be better suited by living with you the majority of the time, then that is what I will represent to the court.
Each case is different and unique. What is good for one parent may not be good for another. This blog in no way should be considered legal advice. Schedule a consult today so that we may discuss your parenting time issues.