Parenting Time

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Parenting Time

Parenting time or parental access is the legal term for visitation, and typically refers to the rights of the non-custodial parent to have access to a child(ren).  Parents often work together to decide on specific schedules that best suit the day-to-day lives of the parents and the child(ren).  There are many variations of parenting time that are appropriate, depending on things such as the age(s) of the child(ren), the availability of each parent to be present for parenting time, the activities, if any, that the parents or the child(ren) may have outside of the home, and school and work schedules.  Many parents find that a schedule that is developed taking into account, school calendars, summer breaks, holiday and vacation times often works best for everyone.

Parenting Time Modification

From time to time, it may be appropriate to modify an existing parenting schedule. 

If modification would serve the best interests of the child, the court shall modify the decision-making provisions (legal custody) of a parenting plan or an order granting or denying parenting time, if the modification would not change the child’s primary residence. 

The court may not restrict parenting time unless if finds that:

1) parenting time is likely to endanger the child’s physical or emotional health or impair the child’s emotion development; or

2) the parent has chronically and unreasonably failed to comply with court-ordered parenting time.

If a parent makes specific allegations that parenting time by the other parent places the parent or child in danger of harm, the court shall hold ah earing at the earliest possible time to determine the need to modify the order granting parenting time.

Oftentimes, in such cases, the court will appoint a Guardian Ad Litem or other third-party to investigate the allegations, make recommendations and report to the court.

If you are contemplating  modification of a parenting plan, it is important to seek the advice of an experience family law attorney. 

Contact A Minnesota Divorce Attorney

For assistance in the area of parenting time, call the Lundgren Law Office at 612-333-3908 for your free case evaluation.