AN INTRODUCTION TO PARENTING TIME
A parenting-time order specifies when a child will spend time with each parent. A parent is responsible for all routine decisions that affect the child during his or her parenting time. The Michigan Child Custody Act states: "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 it is shown] 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. [MCL 722.27a(1)–(3).]"
The statute also lists factors that the judge may consider when determining the frequency, duration, and type of parenting time. [MCL 722.27a(6)(a)-(i).]
The State Court Administrative Office’s Parenting-Time Guidelines are available on the Michigan Supreme Court’s website.
Each local FOC office has it's own county-specific guidelines--you can find the Wexford/Missaukee Friend of the Court Parenting Time Policy here. In some situations, issues and disagreements that arise regarding parenting time may be resolved through ADR. You should contact your local FOC office to determine what services may be available and whether they are appropriate for the situation.