One of the most important and emotional aspects of any family law case is determining the time each parent will be allowed to spend with their children during and after the court proceedings.
The parties should agree on what time the children will spend with each parent. The parenting time (or timesharing) will need to be reduced to writing so that each parent knows his/her rights and responsibilities for the day, month, holidays, and special occasions. The sooner a timesharing schedule is in place, the sooner the children will be able to adapt to the new schedule and weekly routines.
The timesharing schedule can only be enforced once the parenting plan has been approved by the Court. There may be serious consequence if a parent violates a court order by refusing the other parent's access to the children during his or her timesharing. The court should be informed of all violations as soon as possible.
If the matter goes to trial, the court will make a determination of timesharing in accordance with the best interest of the children.
As the children grow and circumstances change, it is sometimes necessary to return to court and request a modification of timesharing.
In order to modify timesharing, it must be established that there is a substantial change in circumstances and the change in timesharing must be in the best interest of the children.
Unfortunately, some situations require supervised visitation. The Bostick Law Firm will work with you to obtain the necessary protection for you and your children.