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If My Spouse Is Named Primary Domiciliary Parent Of My Child, How Much Time Will Our Child Spend With Me?

If my spouse is named primary domiciliary parent of my child, how much time will our child spend with me? Schedules for noncustodial parents vary from case to case. However, historically, the standard schedule for noncustodial parents is alternating weekends and one evening during the week. Additionally, holidays are alternated between the parents and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are spent with the appropriate parent. Holiday parenting time supersedes the regular weekly schedule for parenting time. As in the determination of custody, the best interests of the child are what a court considers in determining the children’s time with each parent. Among the factors which can impact a parenting time schedule are the past history of parenting time, the age and needs of the child, and the parents’ work schedules. If you and your spouse are willing to reach your own agreement about the parenting time schedule, you are likely to be more satisfied with it than with one imposed by a judge. Because the two of you know your child’s needs, your family traditions, and your personal preferences, you can design a plan uniquely suited to your child’s best interests. If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement on a parenting time schedule, either on your own or with the assistance of your attorney, give us a call.

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