During a Michigan divorce, child custody issues are often the source of significant conflict. According to the Michigan Parenting Time Guideline, your child has the right to spend an amount of time with you that fosters a healthy parent-child relationship. If you are not the custodial parent, this time is designated as “parenting time.” The court offers some sample schedules that are typically used. However, if you and your child’s other parent are not able to come to a reasonable agreement, the schedule will be set by the court.
According to Michigan’s Child Custody Act, parenting time is granted based on the best interests of the child, and the law presumes that the schedule should be developed with the child’s need for consistency and stability in mind. When the court is determining what structure is necessary to ensure the success of the parenting plan, you have the right to request certain conditions of the child’s other parent, including the following:
- Sharing transportation costs and responsibilities
- Having your child ready at the scheduled time
- Providing advance notice of changes in schedule
If the other parent violates the court order, you can file a complaint with the Friend of the Court, or file a motion asking the court to enforce the order. The other parent may be ordered to provide you with extra time to make up for the time you and your child lost. This is general information regarding the guidelines for parenting time in Michigan. It is not intended to be taken as legal advice.