What Are Parenting Time Guidelines?

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What Are Parenting Time Guidelines?

Parenting time is defined as the time a non-custodial parent spends with her child. A non-custodial parent refers to the parent who does not have custody of her child. A court order or agreement typically indicates which parent has physical custody of the child. How much time a parent spends with a child established in a parenting plan.

What Are Parenting Time Guidelines?

Sometimes parents cannot agree when one parent should have time with their child. States typically outline general guidelines to help parents make the decisions. Each state has different goals with its guidelines.

However, the goal of most states is to have each parent spend as much time with the child as possible, which is why states have created guidelines. State guidelines are specific. These guidelines often address pick-up and drop-off times and cancellation procedures. The guidelines also include:

Do I Have to Allow Parenting Time When the Other Parent Is Behind in Child Support?

Yes. The amount of time a parent spends with a child is normally not related to child support. Generally, a family court requires parents to obey the parenting plan regardless of child support arrearage.

What Happens If the Custodial Parent Refuses to Obey the Plan's Guidelines?

The non-custodial parent can file a motion in court to ask a judge to make the custodial parent follow the plan. Each state may have additional options.

Can I Still Have Time with My Child If He Is No Longer with the Custodial Parent?

Generally, yes. A non-custodial parent still follows the schedule until it is changed by the court.

Should I Discuss Parenting Time with an Attorney?

How much time you spend with your child is critical to the child's physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. If you and the other parent cannot decide on a parenting plan, contact a family attorney

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Last Modified: 04-16-2015 09:55 AM PDT

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