Parenting time is the number of overnights that each parent has with the child or children as the result of a divorce action or a paternity action. It is based upon the Child Custody Act, and the same factors that are reviewed by the courts in determining child custody, are also looked at with regard to parenting time. Parenting time can run the gamut from one parent having the children most of the time, and the other parent having a set schedule, such as alternate weekends and maybe one evening a week for dinner and alternate holidays, along with time set forth during the summer and school breaks, to a situation where the parties may have equal parenting time with various schedules being set forth by agreement or set by the court.
Every situation is different and a parenting time schedule that makes sense for an infant or young child, will make no sense for a nine or ten-year-old. Teenagers will often need very different schedules because they want to spend more time with their friends, along with their involvement in school activities, and less and less time with either parent. We are glad to advise you as to parenting time based upon the needs of your children and what makes sense in your particular case.