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Parenting time and your legal rights

| Feb 19, 2021 | Child Custody |

If you are a non-custodial parent but love your child deeply and want to ensure that you spend time with them, it is important to understand how state laws regarding parenting time affect you. Many heartbroken parents miss out on spending time with their kids because they do not understand the laws in Michigan or their legal rights. 

Sometimes, non-custodial parents do not want to stand up for themselves because they worry that the custodial parent will retaliate. However, parents facing these devastating challenges have options. 

When the other parent violates a parenting time order

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, non-custodial parents can reach out to the Friend of the Court and ask them to enforce a parenting time order if the custodial parent violates the terms of the order. Upon receiving written complaints, the Friend of the Court typically initiates enforcement action to help ensure that non-custodial parents have the ability to spend time with their kids. In fact, custodial parents cannot deny parenting time because a non-custodial parent fails to pay court-ordered child support. 

Other legal issues concerning parenting time and kids

The MDHHS also states that parents who owe child support need to fulfill their obligations even if their child does not live with the custodial parent. In some instances, parents refuse to see their kids and the Friend of the Court cannot require non-custodial parents to spend time with their children. If you have uncertainty regarding any aspect of your parenting time order, child support or other legal matters involving your kids, carefully review your case and explore your options.