Each parent is entitled to have parenting time (previously referred to as visitation) with their minor child unless valid reasons exist to restrict or prohibit it such as domestic abuse concerning the child. The parenting time statute currently sets 25% as the minimum amount of parenting time that a parent can be granted by the Court absent some valid reason to restrict it. Equal parenting time is not presumed and if the parties are unable to resolve this issue between them, the Court will use the best interest factors to determine the parties’ parenting time with their minor children. The Court will attempt to insure that the children maintain as strong of a child-parent relationship as possible with both parents under the specific circumstances. The Court is empowered to make changes to the prior Court ordered parenting time in the best interests of a child. Whether an evidentiary hearing will be necessary and which standard is utilized by the Court depends on the facts at the time and the terms of the prior order and is too complex to discuss in this paragraph.
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