Parenting Time

 parenting time order grants time between the parent who does not have custody, and the children. The Michigan Child Custody Act (Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 722.27a(1-3), MSA 25.312(7a)) states: Parenting time shall be granted to a parent in accordance with the best interests of the child. 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. If the parents of a child agree on parenting time terms, the court shall order the parenting time terms unless the court determines on the record by clear and convincing evidence that the parenting time terms are not in the best interests of the child. 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.

During the person's parenting time, that parent is responsible for all routine decisions affecting the child.

Parenting Time Enforcement

The Friend of the Court will initiate enforcement if it receives a written complaint that states specific facts alleging a custody or parenting time order violation.  The complaint must be filed with the Friend of the Court office within 56 days of the alleged parenting time or custody violation.  The complaint must include specific dates and identify what provisions of the court order have been violated.  A parenting time complaint is available on the Forms tab of this website and at the Otsego County Friend of the Court office.

Parenting Time Modification

If both parties agree (stipulate) to change parenting time, they may utilize the stipulation packet that is available at the Otsego County Friend of the Court office.  Once the appropriate forms from the stipulation packet are completed, they are submitted to the Otsego County Friend of the Court for review.

A party may file a motion regarding parenting time without the assistance of an attorney.  The instructions and motions regarding parenting time are available on the Forms tab of this website and at the Otsego County Friend of the Court Office.

A party may also contact an attorney, who may file a motion to change on the party's behalf.

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