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When parents get a divorce, one of the issues at the forefront of their minds is child custody. It is extremely difficult to face the fact that after divorce, you will not be able to spend as much time with your children, even in the best of circumstances. Although this is an extremely emotional issue, it is also a legal one, and your case will be decided according to the law in Michigan. A Macomb County child custody lawyer will work hard to help you secure the best possible outcome and will fight for your rights throughout the entire process.
Child custody may seem like an issue that is entirely out of your hands when going through a divorce, but it is not. Michigan law allows parents in Macomb County to come to an agreement on their own regarding custody and visitation time. If you and your spouse can come to an agreement on your own, and the agreement is fair to both parents involved, a judge will approve the agreement, and it then becomes legally binding.
When the parents getting a divorce cannot agree on child custody matters, a judge will make the final decision. A judge will only consider the best interest of the child when determining child custody. This decision is also legally binding and if you wish to change a child custody order, you must seek a modification from the court before making any changes.
In Macomb County, and throughout the rest of Michigan, a judge will take 12 factors into consideration when determining what is in the best interests of the child. They include:
Macomb child custody lawyers are extremely familiar with the best interests of the child standard and will explain how they apply to your case.
Child custody issues are typically the most emotional and difficult of any divorce that involves children. If you are getting a divorce and are worried about this contentious issue, our Macomb child custody lawyers at Iafrate & Salassa can advise on your case. We will explain the different types of custody in Michigan, answer all of your questions, and give you the best possible chance of a successful outcome. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.