Chippewa County

Friend of the Court Parenting Time Policy

REASONABLE PARENTING TIME: If your judgment contains the statement "reasonable and/or liberal parenting time”, that means any parenting time upon which the parties can agree, the Friend of the Court is unable to enforce parenting time. If you wish to seek specific parenting time, you may petition the Friend of the Court for a parenting time conference.

SPECIFIC PARENTING TIME: If your judgment contains “specific parenting time” to be exercised by the parties, this office will enforce to keep the parties in compliance of the current order. A party who believes his/her parenting time has been violated may file the appropriate paperwork with the Friend of the Court office and the necessary action will be taken to determine if a violation has occurred.

STANDARD PARENTING TIME DEFINITIONS

The following is the default parenting time schedule for Chippewa County if your parenting time order contains the language “standard parenting time” or “normal parenting time” schedule. The following standards will apply and the Friend of the Court will enforce appropriately:

*Weekends: begin at 6:OOpm on Friday and end at 6:00pm on Sunday; non-custodial parent shall be entitled to parenting time every other weekend

The non-custodial parent whose employment dictates rotating days off shall be entitled to exercise their weekend of parenting time on their rotating days off (times will vary).

*Evening during the week: begins at 5:00pm and ends at 8:00pm

If parties can not agree to the weekday evening — Wednesday will be the evening exercised every week. The non-custodial parent with rotating days off will not allow a specific weekday; therefore, parenting time will encompass their rotating days off (times will vary).

**Holidays: MOTHER shall exercise holidays listed as “A “in EVEN NUMBER YEARS and FATHER shall exercise holidays listed as “B”in EVEN NUMBER YEARS

  A-New Years Day, B-Easter, A-Memorial Day, B-Independence Day (4th of July), A-Labor Day, B-Halloween, A-Thanksgiving, B-Christmas Eve, A-Christmas Day, B-New Year’s Eve

  Parties will alternate the following year

Parenting time shall begin at 8:00am and end at 8:00pm on the holiday, except if the holiday is an “EVE” which does not include Halloween. If the holiday is an “EVE” it begins at noon and ends at 8:00am the following morning. Halloween begins at 5:00pm and ends at 8:00pm the same day.

**Christmas Break: parties shall divide equally the Christmas Break from school.

    MOTHER having first half in ODD NUMBER YEARS

    FATHER having first ha!f in EVEN NUMBER YEARS

**Spring Break: parties shall alternate Spring Break from schooL

    MOTHER shall exercise parenting time in EVEN NUMBER YEARS

    FATHER shall exercise parenting time in ODD NUMBER YEARS

Parenting time on vacation from school, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Spring Break shall begin one (1) hour after school is released for vacation and end at 5:00pm the day before school resumes. The dates in question are determined by the school schedule.

Summer Parenting Time: prior to the child’s sixth birthday, summer parenting time for the non-custodial parent shall consist of four (4) nonconsecutive one-week blocks.  The one week block will begin at 6:00pm on the non-custodial parent’s weekend and end 6:00pm the next Friday when the custodial parent’s weekend begins.

After the child’s sixth birthday, summer block parenting time for the non-custodial parent will begin at 5:00pm one week after school has recessed for the summer months and end at 5:OOp one week before school resumes for the next school year, the other parent will exercise every other weekend.

**Birthdays of Children: MOTHER shall have child’s birthday in EVEN NUMBER YEARS. FATHER shall have child’s birthday in ODD NUMBER YEARS.

If there is more than one child this parenting time shall include all the children. Parenting time begins at 8:00am and end at 8:00pm. EXCEPT when the child celebrating his/her birthday is in school parenting time shall begin one hour after school recesses for the day and end at 8:00pm.

**Birthday of the Parents:

Mother shall have child(ren) on her birthday and father shall have child(ren) on his birthday. Same provisions as above apply.

**Father & Mother’s Day: begin at 8:00am and end 8:00pm EXCEPT when the parenting time is ordered every other weekend. In that instance the parent whose day it is, shall have the minor child(ren) for the entire weekend, even if it is not his/her scheduled weekend.

Those marked with an asterisk (*) are general parenting time provisions.

Those marked with two asterisks (**) are specific parenting time provisions. Specific parenting time provisions take precedent over general provisions.

Transportation: the parent exercising parenting time is responsible for pickup of the child(ren) at the beginning of parenting time and the other parent is responsible for pickup at the end of parenting time. The parent should generally provide transportation, HOWEVER; on occasion, a responsible adult, known to the child(ren) can assist with the transportation. All children must have the proper safety equipment and/or be seat belted in the vehicle before transporting will occur.

Late Pickup: if the parents reside within 50 miles of each other there shall be a 15-minute waiting period. If the parents reside more than 50 miles for each other there shall be a 30-minute waiting period. If the parent whose parenting time it is, without good cause fails to arrive within the waiting period, the parenting time will be forfeited.  If it is a weekend it shall be the entire weekend, and if it is a holiday it shall be the entire holiday. There will be no makeup and the Friend of the Court will not take any enforcement action.

Advance Notice of Inability to Exercise Parenting Time: Parenting time is ordered because it is in the best interest of the child(ren). It is expected both parents will assure that all scheduled parenting time occurs. The non-custodial parent shall arrange his/her schedule so parenting will occur. In the event the non-custodial parent is unable to exercise scheduled parenting time, he/she shall give the custodial parent twenty-four (24) hours advance notice

The foregoing policy is adopted January 1, 2007    Thelma S. Bosbous

                                                                    Friend of the Court for Chippewa County

 

                                                   Authorized:  Honorable Nicholas J. Lambros

                                                                    Chief Circuit Judge