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Starting on Monday, July 6, 2020 you can once again get help in person at the Legal Assistance Center. Initially, open hours will be limited to 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday.

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Parenting Time

Parenting Time

Parenting Time refers to the time each parent spends with children following a divorce or a custody or paternity order between unmarried parents. In the past, parenting time was referred to as visitation. A parenting time schedule can be set for one parent when the other parent has physical custody or for both parents. A parenting time schedule can include which parent will spend time with the children during holidays and school vacations, who will provide transportation and the location for parenting time exchange.

How Parenting Time is Decided

Decisions about parenting time made by the court are based on the best interest of the children. In order to determine what is in the best interest of the children, the court uses the parenting time factors. The factors require the court to consider and make decisions about different parts of the parents and the children’s lives and their relationship to each other. When a parent asks for a change of parenting time the court must also consider the children’s established custodial environment and whether there has been a change of circumstances.

Kent County Parenting Time Guidelines

Kent County Parenting Time Guidelines are available to use as a guide when making decisions about parenting time. The Guidelines work as a menu of options to assist parents.

Changing Parenting Time

If one parent wishes to change parenting time, that parent can ask the court for a new order by filing a Motion. The Motion would be filed in the case where the original parenting time Order was made. When a parent asks for a change of parenting time the court must also consider the children’s “established custodial environment” and whether there has been a “change of circumstances.”

For Informational Purposes Only: This summary is provided for basic informational purposes only. It is not legal advice. For legal advice about your situation, you must talk to a lawyer.
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