In creating a parenting plan that is best for a child during a divorce in Michigan, spouses may choose to use a standard schedule provided by the state. If they are unable to agree, the judge may use similar guidelines in setting the days and times that each of them will spend with their child. However, according to the Michigan Parenting Time Guideline, by working together, parents may be able to create their own summer custody arrangements that takes their personal calendars into account while still meeting the requirements of the state’s suggested plan.
Summer visitation should be calculated to allow the child to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents, along with the arrangements for the rest of the year. The goal is stability and consistency for the child, so the guidelines recommend adherence to predetermined dates and times, although they also advise that parents be open to some degree of flexibility within the agreement. The time spent with the non-custodial parent is typically four weeks long, and usually begins on the Friday immediately following July 4. It is interrupted halfway through for a weekend visitation with the custodial parent.
CustodyXChange.com points out that parents who design their own timetable have the freedom from the school schedule to create a visitation plan during the summer more creatively than the rest of the year. Work schedules and child care are common factors that are included in this discussion, as they typically affect both parents, and they may contribute to the framework. Some choose to assign more of the summer break to the non-custodial parent since he or she has fewer blocks of time with the child during the rest of the year.