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Reviewing parenting time enforcement

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Child Custody |

Parenting time, also known as visitation, is a critical aspect of co-parenting arrangements. It ensures that children have quality time with both parents.

Sometimes, one parent may fail to adhere to the agreed-upon schedule. This can lead to conflicts and challenges. In such situations, enforcing parenting time becomes necessary to uphold the rights of both the children and the non-custodial parent.

The court order

Enforcing parenting time involves taking steps to ensure that the non-custodial parent gets the time with their child as outlined in the custody agreement or court order. Parenting time arrangements are typically outlined in court orders or custody agreements. These documents specify the schedule, duration and conditions of visitation rights for the non-custodial parent.

Effective communication between both parents is necessary for resolving disputes regarding parenting time. Keeping detailed records of communication, missed visits and any violations of the parenting schedule can be helpful in enforcing parenting time.

The penalties

Courts take violations of parenting time orders seriously. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, consequences for non-compliance can include makeup time, modification of custody arrangements or even contempt of court charges for the offending parent. The primary consideration in enforcing parenting time is always the best interests of the child. Ensuring that the child maintains a meaningful relationship with both parents is essential for their emotional well-being and development. Enforcing parenting time is a vital aspect of co-parenting that ensures children have the opportunity to build strong relationships with both parents.

Remember, the goal is to create a supportive and nurturing environment for the child, even in the face of co-parenting difficulties.