The family law courts of both Kansas and Missouri place a great importance on a child’s consistent, meaningful, and continued visitation with both parents—what is called “parenting time.” Parenting time schedules with children are often the major point of conflict between parents in many Kansas divorces and Missouri dissolutions of marriage. Similarily, parenting time issues are generally the main forcus in paternity cases (where the parents were never married). Unfortunately in many of these family court cases, one parent uses parenting time with the children as a weapon against the other parent. But in only the rarest of cases are such tactics legally justified or appropriate. All too frequently, one parent’s motivation for restricting visitation is motivated by money because the amount of parenting time can be a major factor in the calculation of the non-custodial parent's child support oblgiation. It is certainly always best for the children if the parents can agree on the appropriate parenting time schedule, but if they cannot, a skilled professional can help facilitate a reasonable parenting time schedule while minimizing the parents' unnecessary conflict. If you, a family member, or a friend lives in Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Platte County, Cass County, Clay County, Miami County, or another county in the Kansas City metro area, contact The Flynn Law Firm to discuss your parenting time (visitation) rights in your Kansas divorce, Kansas paternity, Missouri dissolution of marriage, or Missouri paternity case.