1) Parenting Time – Parenting time is the amount of time each parent spends with the child or children. Parenting time involves how many overnights each parent gets, as well as how parenting time exchanges will take place, when exchanges will happen, which holidays each parent will spend with the children, and how long each parent will spend with the child or children.
2) Decision making – Decision making responsibility refers to who gets to make major decisions for the minor child or children in a number of categories. Typically the Court makes orders regarding who gets decision making responsibility over: major medical decisions, educational decisions, religious decisions, and extracurricular activities for the minor children. Courts tend to award decision making to both parties, but if the parties cannot get along, or domestic violence is an issue in your case, it is possible to ask for sole decision making for one or more of these categories.
The Court will make Orders about both parenting time and decision making responsibility in a dissolution of marriage case. The Court must determine what is in the best interest of your child when determining parenting time and decision making responsibilities.
Our attorneys try to work with parties to draft of a parenting time plan that will specifically work for your family's needs.
When parties cannot decide on parenting time or decision making arrangements, a child custody evaluator may be needed. The Court can appoint a Child and Family Investigator or a Parental Responsibilities Evaluator to review your case.
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