Custody & Parenting
When parents are separated, the court usually wants both parents to be involved in the child’s or childrens’ lives if doing so is in the best interest of the child or children. The parent who does not have custody of the children usually gets parenting time.
Parenting time is ordered by the court so that the child and the parents have the opportunity to maintain a relationship. Factors influencing parenting time orders include, but not limited: child’s age, child’s safety, and the child’s past relationship with the parents.
Parents can agree to change parenting time but, if the parents don’t agree, a parent can petition the court to change parenting time if it is best for the child.
Enforcing a parenting time order can be hard, especially if the child is older and does not want to see the other parent. But a parenting time court order can be enforced until the child turns 18.