Grand Rapids Visitation Lawyer
If you are preparing to go through a separation or divorce with children, one of the most important aspects of your separation or divorce will involve establishing child custody and visitation. There is a wide range of options when it comes to visitation schedules: some parents agree to equally share parenting time; in other situations, very limited supervised visits are best for the children. At Kraayeveld Law, we can advise you what to expect regarding visitation and advocate for you in court to get the best visitation schedule possible for your child.
In Michigan, visitation is most commonly referred to as “parenting time.” At Kraayeveld Law, we work closely with our clients to make sure that their parenting time schedules meet their needs while also serving their children’s best interests. We also fight vigorously for our clients in circumstances in which they need to oppose their spouses’ requests for parenting time, and we have extensive experience in matters involving parenting time modifications and enforcement of parenting time rights, as well.
What Is Parenting Time?
Similar to child custody, all decisions regarding parenting time must be made in the best interests of the children involved. Michigan’s parenting time law states:
“It is presumed to be in the best interests of a child for the child to have a strong relationship with both of his or her parents. Except as otherwise provided in this section, parenting time shall be granted to a parent in a frequency, duration, and type reasonably calculated to promote a strong relationship between the child and the parent granted parenting time. . . .
“A child has a right to parenting time with a parent unless it is shown on the record by clear and convincing evidence that it would endanger the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health.”
As with child custody and all other matters involved in getting divorced or separated, parents who are willing to work together can agree to a parenting time schedule that works well with their schedule and is best for their children. Judges usually will approve parents’ agreed upon custody and parenting time schedules if the order is well drafted pursuant to Michigan law. A Grand Rapids visitation lawyer can assist you through this court process.
Establishing a Parenting Time Schedule During Your Divorce
When we represent parents with minor children, we emphasize structuring parenting time schedules that are easy to follow and easy to enforce. As visitation lawyers, we want you to be able to spend as much time with your children as you desire. But, we also want to make sure that you are protected, and that you will be able to enforce your rights if the other parent violates the terms of your order. As a result, while we work with our clients to structure mutually-agreeable parenting time schedules through private negotiations or mediation whenever possible, we also let our clients know when it is in their (and their children’s) long-term best interests to pursue a more favorable resolution in court. Because we have very extensive trial experience, we are in a position to advise our clients if their requests are feasible, and if so, then we either obtain those requests through settlement or by proceeding to trial.
Modifying or Enforcing Parenting Time in Michigan
If you have gone through a divorce or separation and are now in a situation where you need to modify or enforce your parenting time schedule, our attorneys can help you with this as well. Michigan has strict rules and procedures for parenting time modification and enforcement, and we can use our extensive experience in modification and enforcement proceedings to help you preserve and protect your parental rights.
Schedule a Consultation With an Experienced Grand Rapids Visitation Lawyer
If you are preparing to go through a divorce with children or need to modify or enforce your existing parenting time order, please contact us to schedule a confidential initial consultation. To speak with a Grand Rapids visitation lawyer at Kraayeveld Law, call 616-285-0808 or request an appointment online today.