Determined Attorney Helping Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area Clients Resolve Their Parenting Time Disputes
Because children born in a relationship are almost always treasured by the parents, negotiating parenting time is often one of the most sensitive parts of family law. North Dakota family law presumes visitation to be in the best interests of a child, unless a court finds that parenting time may be harming the child’s physical or emotional well-being. To that end, the state’s courts require both parents to clarify a documented parenting plan.
A parenting plan needs to include provisions for a parenting time schedule, along with residential responsibility designations, outlines of decision-making responsibility, legal residence for school attendance, and transportation and exchange of the child. The plan also needs to build in processes for reviewing and adjusting the plan and methods for resolving disputes.
Denial of Parenting Time
North Dakota law says that parenting time can only be denied in the face of clear evidence that the parenting time is likely to endanger the child’s physical or emotional health. It cannot be denied because the non-custodial parent is not making child support payments.
If you’re denied parenting time, you should always ask for a date for a makeup visit, and you should keep track of the dates and reasons that you’re being denied. Documentation is key in these cases after a parenting plan is approved by the courts. If you’re being denied parenting time frequently, you should think about getting an attorney to help you protect your parenting time rights.
Experience You Can Depend On—Knowledge You Can Rely On
Whether your a custodial or non-custodial parent, your beneficial involvement in your child’s life is extremely valuable. Your ex is obligated to work with you to create an agreement that enriches your child’s life and takes into account your rights as a parent. At O’Day Law Office, PC, we put our knowledge base built from decades of experience in family law to work for you to get an outcome that lets you be present in your child’s life.