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Custody decisions are made based on what is in the best interest of the child, and it is rare to encounter a divorced Michigan couple where one party has full custody of their children. The state prefers parents to share custody of a child whenever possible. However, there are exceptions to every arrangement, and no two custody agreements are identical.

Definitions of Custody

Also known as “sole custody,” full custody is generally accepted to mean that one parent has both legal custody and physical custody of the children.

When a parent has legal custody of a child, they have the right to make all important decisions for the child. This can include choices surrounding medical care, schooling, extracurricular activities, travel out of the country or state, day care arrangements, and so forth. Physical custody simply means the child regularly resides with one parent.

“Standard” custody in Michigan divorce law means one party has sole physical custody of the child and the non-custodial parent has reasonable parenting time to spend with their child, such as weekends, certain holidays, school breaks, and summertime. In this situation, parents often have joint legal custody which means that both parents have an active role in their child’s life and neither parent can make a major choice for their child without the other’s approval.

The Child Custody Act and Mediation

For Michigan in particular, the state code includes the Child Custody Act which names 12 specific criteria that must be taken into consideration by the judge presiding over a divorce case involving children.

Michigan judges typically order divorcing parents to participate in mediation before custody orders are issued to see if it’s possible for parents to work out a custody agreement without involving the court. The state does favor joint custody.

Sometimes it’s necessary to get creative when solidifying custody arrangements, and there are any number of ways that parenting time can be divided equally and fairly between divorced parents while maintaining consistency and stability in the child’s life.

If you have questions about child custody or the divorce process in general, contact Femminineo Attorneys, PLLC in Macomb, Michigan, to schedule your no-cost initial interview.


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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