Child custody cases in Michigan can be complicated, emotionally draining, and contentious. Yet it is certainly possible to go through a child custody case, whether it is separate from or part of your divorce, and to remain on amicable terms with your child’s other parent for the purposes of future co-parenting. One of our experienced child custody attorneys near you in Michigan can speak with you today about child custody, parenting time, modifications of existing custody orders, and any other questions you may have.
At Iafrate & Salassa, P.C., our experienced Michigan child custody attorneys represent parents and other interested parties in many different types of child custody issues. Common legal matters that arise in Michigan child custody cases include but are not limited to:
The Child Custody Act of 1970 governs most legal questions or issues pertaining to child custody in Michigan. Under Michigan law, child custody can be granted as sole custody to one parent or joint custody to both parents in a shared or co-parenting situation. When courts decide to award joint custody, they typically consider the “best interests of the child” factors outlined in the statute. The joint custody order ultimately can clarify how the parents will share parenting time, and seeks an arrangement that will allow the child to maintain relationships with both parents. The law defines joint custody as one or both of the following two situations:
The law also makes clear that joint custody does not eliminate the possibility of child support being ordered by the court. Both parents share financial obligations of support for shared children.
Child custody cases also involve a determination of and schedule for parenting time. According to the Michigan Supreme Court, parenting time “is the term used in Michigan for the time a child spends with each parent when parents do not live in the same home.” Accordingly, in any child custody case, regardless of whether the parents are getting married or were never living together in the same residence, the parents can share parenting time. The Michigan Supreme Court also clarifies that, under Michigan law, both parents will share parenting time unless a judge determines that the arrangement would be detrimental to the well-being of the child.
If you have any questions about Michigan child custody, or if you need an experienced attorney to represent you in your child custody case, one of our experienced Michigan child custody attorneys near you can help. Contact Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. for more information about how we can assist you.
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