Working with Parenting Time Issues in Arizona
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As you work through the divorce process, you will have to come up with a parenting plan, which conveys how parents will share the responsibilities for raising their children following a divorce or separation.
So, if you and your spouse have children, it is beneficial to agree on a parenting plan because the courts may be asked to decide on what the parenting time will be (this used to be referred to as visitation rights).
Parenting Time is More Involved Than It Might Seem
When parents try to work out a plan for shared parenting time, it can get complicated. You will have to spell out in specificity to the court when Parent A will have the child (or children) during the school year, and when Parent B can pick up the child.
What will the weekday arrangements be? What about weekends? Who will provide the transportation? When will the child be returned?
Then, during the summer months or on school breaks that last longer than four days, what will the arrangements be?
Will it be any different than the school year? How many weeks of vacation will each parent have with the children?
How will holidays be handled? Will there be any travel restrictions? Can each parent be with the children on their birthdays? What will happen on three-day weekends?
Can parents call the children during normal waking hours?
There are issues such as access to records and information, educational arrangements, medical and dental arrangements, religious education arrangements, and so many other details.
As you can see, setting clear boundaries for parenting time is not an easy proposition. There is a lot that goes into it, and the process requires a lot of thought and clear thinking.
In order to ensure your wishes and your child’s best interests are protected, we recommend you secure competent, experienced legal representation.
Can Parenting Time Be Modified?
Generally, you cannot request a modification to parenting time within the first year. However, there are exceptions.
A judge might grant an early modification request if the child’s present environment might seriously endanger the child’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health. Also, if there is evidence of domestic violence, spousal abuse, or child abuse, a modification might be granted early. David M. Wilson Law Office can help you understand the exceptions.
Hire an Experienced Family and Divorce Attorney
Sometimes, efforts to co-parent don’t go as planned. Divorce or separation can also lead to desperate behavior in one or both of the parents involved. You can count on us at David M. Wilson Law for the guidance and representation you need to ensure the best outcome for your child/children. We will help you resolve custody issues and come up with a mutually acceptable visitation schedule.
You need an experienced and knowledgeable family attorney when court proceedings are unavoidable. You can count on more than 25 years of experience with David M. Wilson Law Office.
David Wilson Law is here to help you during difficult family law issues. We represent clients on either side of any family issue and do our best to help both parties live in peace and coexist.