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custody matters in Michigan divorceWhen you are getting a Michigan divorce, and you are also a parent of minor children, child custody will be one of the most important factors to iron out. While it may be tempting to rush through your divorce, it is essential to determine all details of custody before any papers are signed. If you have the right Michigan divorce attorney, he or she will not allow you to settle on the divorce without ensuring that your children are properly taken into consideration now and for the future.

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Understanding Child Custody

There are various forms of custody:

  • Joint legal custody: Both parents share the legal right to make long-term decisions about the child and his or her welfare in a joint legal custody situation, including schooling, medical needs, religious matters, and more. In this situation, one parent usually has physical custody.
  • Joint legal and physical custody: Parents who share legal and physical custody participate equally in matters about their child’s upbringing. They evenly split the day-to-day care of and responsibility for the child.
  • Standard (sole) physical custody: One party has sole physical custody of the children and the non-custodial parent has reasonable parenting time to spend with their child (e.g., weekends, holidays, school breaks, vacations, etc.).
  • Sole custody: One parent has total custody of the child and makes all major decisions where the child is concerned.

Any custody arrangement is likely to come with some exceptions. There are many ways that parenting time can be divided successfully between divorced parents, and these are the details that need to be identified in a divorce settlement, even down to how the child will be disciplined. Modifications to the established parenting schedule also needs to be determined, since the ways parenting time is handled will fluctuate as the child grows and their activities and obligations change.

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The Details of Child Custody

It can feel completely unnatural to a divorcing couple to talk about how their child’s time will be spent and where, like the child is a possession to be divvied up between them. But you must address important questions:

  • Who will drop off the kids or pick up the kids from school?
  • How much are former in-laws or new partners permitted to be involved in the child’s life?
  • Will the child be exchanged at a neutral location or at home, school, or somewhere else?
  • Is out-of-state or out-of-country travel with the child permitted?
  • Who will the child spend holidays with? Will this schedule fluctuate from year to year or be consistent?

No one ever said divorce was simple. The presence of children makes it even more complicated and, sometimes, heart wrenching. The court always errs in the favor of what is in the best interests of the children, avoiding disruptive, stressful, and impractical situations.

Choose a Michigan divorce attorney who will guide you on your entire divorce journey, and help you navigate the terrain of child custody. Schedule your no-cost consultation with Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb, MI.


What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

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.

Strong Relationships

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.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys 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.

Expert Staff

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.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, 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.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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