In Michigan, the court determines whether it is in the best interests of the child to have time with both their custodial and non-custodial parents. This is known as parenting time. Every Michigan divorce is unique and determining a schedule of time is also determining who will have the final say on what is right for a child, but parents have plenty of time to put together the parenting schedule that is right for them and their daily life.
Every Michigan divorce is unique and the splitting up of time is unique too, though the final document solidified time must be specific and followed. The general schedule in Macomb County is a jumping-off point for a divorcing couple and is as follows:
When same-sex parents divorce, the plaintiff will follow the mother’s schedule and the defendant will follow the father’s schedule for holiday and break time schedule.
A parent may not be denied parenting time because he or she is behind in child support or not paying child support. A parent may not stop paying child support even though they allege that they are being denied parenting time.
It is every good parent’s right to be part of their child’s life. Knowing the Michigan guidelines for parenting time and arranging a schedule around this guideline makes it more likely for a court to quickly grant the motion.
The court considers a child having both parents involved in the child’s life as being in the child’s best interest, as long as there are no clear circumstances that pose a danger to the child such as neglect or abuse. Shared custody and reasonable parenting time are encouraged by Michigan courts, though special circumstances are taken into consideration, such as when an infant is nursing or a child has special needs.
When a couple is not having an amicable divorce, it may be tempting to use visitation time as a weapon, but doing so only harms the child. The court looks at whether a time plan will be inconvenient to the child or burdensome, particularly as it relates to schooling.
Parenting time is a privilege, and it is in everyone’s best interest to work together for the sake of the child so the child can have time with both parents without having their own life greatly disrupted. At Michigan Divorce Help, we work with our clients to help them reach that “magic number” whenever possible so both parents have equal time. In some cases, particularly involving sole custody, there are visitation rights and grandparent rights to consider.
We understand that the splitting up of a family is sad, difficult, and overwhelming. It is our role to help you determine a time plan that is in your child’s best interest while aiming to meet your goals too. Contact us to schedule your no-cost initial consultation to discuss your Michigan divorce.
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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