A parenting time order specifies when a child will spend time with each parent. During parenting time, that parent is responsible for all routine decisions affecting the child. 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)
If parties cannot agree, the parenting time will be set per the 8th Circuit Court Parenting Time Policy (under Miscellaneous on this website).
That statute also lists factors that the judge may consider when determining the frequency, duration, and type of parenting time. (MCL 722.27a)
Parenting Time Guidelines are posted on the Michigan Supreme Court’s website at: http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/resources/publications/manuals/focb/pt_gdlns.pdf