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Dear Attorneys,

I recently got divorced from my spouse and I have limited visitation with my children, so I want to make the most of that time. How do you define “parenting time?” What do I do?


Concerned Parent

Dear Concerned Parent,

We understand that this process can be stressful, and that it’s also an adjustment, but we encourage our clients to remember how simple parenting time really is. The most important part of “parenting time” is for you to enjoy the time with your children and develop your relationship with one another. We explain it to our clients with this example: Many people get very stressed when they throw a dinner party. They get so worried about what tablecloth they are going to use, what music they are going to play and what food they are going to serve, that they forget the whole point of it in the first place. The point is to all be together and enjoy each other’s company. The same thing goes for “parenting time” or “visitation”. Don’t think about it in such depth, the point of this time is simply to spend it with your children, which you probably did before your divorce, and you can certainly still continue to do the same things that you have always enjoyed together.  We hope that helps!


Wolf & Shore Law Group


*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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