Helping You Make The Right Decisions For Your Child

While the term is not legally used anymore, it is still common to refer to one parent as having custody and the other as having visitation. In fact, the word visitation is a misnomer — nothing could be farther from the truth. The term now used is parenting time. Because it is not visitation, it is your time to develop your relationship with your child.

Regardless of whether you and your children live in the same residence, your commitment to them is stalwart — boundaries of brick and mortar don't change your love and connection to them, nor theirs to you. Maintaining a healthy relationship with your children is paramount to their well-being — now and in the future.

Helping You Stay Focused On The Big Picture

At Melinda Weerts Law, PLLC, our attorneys help families who are undergoing change. With over two decades of experience in family law, we understand the emotions that accompany child custody and parenting time cases. We help you focus on making decisions that are in the best interests of your children.

Because Ms. Weerts has spent over 17 years focusing on the well-being of children, she offers the following Five Commandments Of Parenting Time:

  1. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  2. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
  3. Do set up rules and responsibilities. Kids feel better when routine is continued.
  4. It is not their job to take care of you. Repeat that to them. Often.
  5. What is "fair" depends on who you ask. Things might not seem "fair", but it might be the best the parents can do.

A divorce does not mean the end of your family. It simply means a new paradigm — something your children will continually face as they go through life. Change is inevitable. Give them the tools now to deal with their future later. We know the key to your children's future is the relationship you build with them today.

To Schedule Your Free Consultation

We want to make sure that you are able to ask us any questions that you may have about your case. Call our Fargo office at 701-297-2234 or send us an email. We are licensed in both Minnesota and North Dakota, and represent clients with family law concerns throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.