Reasonable Rights of Parenting Time Policy

Revised October 20, 2013

Reasonable Rights of Parenting Time Policy for Orders Entered on & After September 1, 2013

The Court Order will normally define the hours and conditions for parenting time. In some cases, the Court Order will provide for Reasonable Parenting Time. The term reasonable means whatever the parties can agree upon, which is in the best interest of the children. 

The Court strongly encourages the parents to communicate to develop their own arrangements, which will take into consideration the unique circumstances of their family and can be changed from time to time. As the children grow and parents’ circumstances change, there will need to be flexibility in the parenting time schedule. 

If you consider what is enjoyable to the children rather than convenient or fair to you, your decision will probably be made in keeping with the children’s best interests.

Parenting Time Schedule Guidelines

At times, parents may be unable to agree on a reasonable parenting time schedule. When this occurs, the Court, through the Friend of the Court office, will become involved. The following guidelines shall serve as an order for the parties to follow for parenting time. At times, the guidelines may have to be altered or limited due to special conditions of the children or the parents.

If your order sets forth a specified parenting time schedule, that order will determine your parenting time schedule. 

  1. Parenting Schedules
  2. Holiday Schedule
  3. Other Observed Days
  4. Transportation
  5. Reminders

Parenting Schedule for Children Younger Than Two Years

  • Alternate weekends, Saturday 9 a.m. until Sunday at 6 p.m.
  • Two weekday evenings each week for two hours with a return time no later than 8 p.m.

Alternate Holidays

Children under two shall have holiday parenting time for the day and one overnight of the specific holiday from 9 a.m. the day of the holiday to the following day at 6 p.m, except the Christmas holiday when parenting time shall be from 9 a.m. Christmas Eve Day to 9 a.m. Christmas Day. 

During the Spring Holiday, the child shall have the normal alternating weekend parenting time.

Parenting Time Schedule for Children Age Two and Older

  • Alternate weekends from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • One weekday evening each week for two hours, with a return time no later than 8 p.m. Both Parties may agree on more than one day per week if desired.
  • Alternate Holidays (see Holidays section)

Extended Summer Parenting Time

Four non-consecutive weeks during the summer to be exercised as follows: 

  • The third week in June
  • The first and third weeks of July
  • The second week of August

The exchange of the children to occur on Sundays at 6 p.m. until the following Sunday at 6 p.m. During summer parenting time, the non-custodial parent shall not exercise their every other weekend or mid-week visits with the child(ren). However, if the non-custodial parent has less than 4 weeks of summer parenting time, they shall continue to exercise their alternate weekends of parenting time.