One of the most difficult parts of divorce for a couple is knowing how dramatically their choices will affect their kids. Michigan courts carefully consider a child custody arrangement, so the arrangements are fair to the parents but, most importantly, in the best interests of the children.
Types of Child Custody
There are shades of gray where child custody is concerned and many ways that time with a child can be determined, but there are ultimately two ways courts categorize child custody – legal and physical.
There was a time when traditional households had one parent staying home all the time. If divorce came to pass, it usually resulted in mom having the kids most of the time and dad having the kids every other weekend. That was then. This is now.
In modern, dual-income households where both parties work, joint physical custody and parenting time can be more complex but also more equitable.
When one person has sole custody of the child, the other party is given reasonable parenting time per the court’s determination. In the case of abuse, addiction, or other problems, a parent may not be awarded parenting time at all.
Parenting time is also known as visitation rights and the situation can look complicated and feel disjointed. While shared custody allows former spouses to work out an agreeable schedule for seeing and raising their children, parenting time leaves less room for argument or change.
A parenting time schedule outlines – specifically – when the child will have time with each parent, such as Christmas and winter break at one house one year and the same time at the other parent’s house the following year. Weekdays, weekends, holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, spring break, and summer are all carefully divvied up, but ultimately the court decides what is in the best interests of the child.
There is no one right answer when it comes to divorce and family law in Michigan. Every couple is different and has their own needs, demands, and obligations that affect how child custody shakes out.
At Michigan Divorce Help in Mount Clemens,Michigan, we understand how difficult divorce is, the strain that it can put on not only you but your child. Our goal is to help you achieve a child custody arrangement that makes you feel good about the present and future and be the best situation for your child. Contact us to schedule your no-cost initial consultation to discuss your Michigan divorce, get answers to your questions about child custody, change an existing child custody agreement, and more.
Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.
We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.
Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.
Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Michigan Divorce Help cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.
Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.
Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.
We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.
When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.
Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.
At Michigan Divorce Help, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.
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