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How Parenting Time Is Determined

If you are in the middle of a divorce, you can expect to start hearing questions about custody and parenting time. Parenting time used to be called “visitation,” and you may be slightly more familiar with this term.

Parenting time is determined on a case-by-case basis, and can be fluid. It is primarily used to refer to the time the noncustodial parent spends with the child. The court and parents work together, with their divorce lawyers, to determine an appropriate amount of parenting time for the noncustodial parent that works with the parents’ schedules. Typically, parents are advised to work out the parenting portion of their divorce on their own or through divorce mediation, since only you know the nuances of your schedules.

In today’s blog post from The Law Offices of Michael D. Miller Jr., we’re sharing some general information about how parenting time is determined and what factors are involved in that decision. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of a divorce lawyer in Chandler, contact us today.

How is parenting time measured?

Measuring time is tricky, and if you start getting down to the number of hours the child spends with each parent, you can get lost in the weeds. That’s why parenting time is calculated by the number of overnights spent with the noncustodial parent throughout the year. For example, if your divorce agreement outlines a 50/50 parenting plant, each parent should have 182 overnights over the course of the year.

Arizona state law entitles a parent to reasonable rights of parenting time in order to give the child an opportunity to have a good relationship with both their parents. However, parenting time can be limited or denied if the child’s health would be seriously endangered by spending time with a parent.

Reasonable parenting time

The amount of parenting time depends on the child’s age and development. If your child is a newborn, it may be more appropriate for parenting time to be allotted in more frequent, shorter visits, while a teenager may be better served with weekend or week-long parenting time. There are many resources to help you decide how much parenting time is reasonable, and The Law Office of Michael D. Miller Jr. is more than happy to provide you with this.

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What factors are used to determine parenting time?

Just as each family situation is unique, so is each divorce and parenting time decision. Here are a few of the factors that the courts use to determine parenting time:

  • Parents’ wishes

  • Childrens’ wishes

  • Relationships between child and parents

  • Children’s potential adjustment to a new home/school/neighborhood

  • Mental and physical health of the parents

  • Past patterns of involvement with the child

  • Ability for both parents to spend time and share love with the child

If you’d like to learn more about how these factors are involved in parenting time decisions, schedule a consultation with our Chandler divorce lawyer.

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