Parenting Time & Visitiation

Mankato Family Attorney

Parenting time, also known as visitation, refers to the schedule that each parent uses when enjoying their children. This agreement typically follows a divorce or after paternity of a child has been established and it is an important agreement. It is important in that it is one that ensures a child is able to have both of their parents in their lives on a consistent schedule rather than a chaotic and unpredictable one.

At Birkholz Law, LLC, we have assisted many couples in creating a plan that is unique to their specific needs. Parenting time plans often involve creating a routine that builds consistency for the child and also makes sure they are able to spend time with both parents. This schedule may include a summer, holiday, and non-school days schedule. It may also include vacation time and weekend visitations.

Custody’s Influence On Parenting Time

Custody does influence the amount of parenting time. For instance, parents may share joint physical custody, which means each parent spends equal time with their children. If one party is given primary physical custody, then the non-custodial parent spends less than equal time with their child. This can have an impact on the amount of child support that is paid in the parenting time sense. The type of custody does not have a direct influence.

Parenting Time On Child Support

Parenting time has become much more important when it comes to child support. It has become a part of the updated child support guidelines, which takes in consideration the amount of time that each parent spends with each child. The type of custody no longer has an impact on the amount of child support that is paid from one parent to the other. Because of this, more time is spent on the schedule rather than the type of custodial arrangement that has been put in place.

To ensure you have the representation you need during this process, you will have a Mankato parenting time & visitation lawyer who will guide you and help you understand what is happening. Child custody and child support law is something that can be complicated, but it can be made simpler through comprehensive legal assistance that ensures a smooth process. This can also help curb any animosity that may exist between parents, which is good for the children and the situation as a whole.

Contact A Southern Minnesota Divorce Lawyer

Parenting time and visitation are two very important elements when two parents are not married. In the case of divorce, parenting time and visitation ensures the child has consistency in their life and that reduces some of the stress the child feels regarding the dissolution of the marriage. To learn more about how Birkholz Law, LLC can help, call the Mankato office at 507-387-2100, the St. James office at 507-375-3374, and the Westbrook office at 507-274-6501 today.