Child Custody Attorney Oakland County
In divorces that involve children, custody is generally the most complicated and emotional part of the process. Sadly, parents lose sight of this. What is best for the children is always the primary consideration – for parents as well as the court. You can help your children through this painful process by maintaining positive co-parenting skills. Whether you are in the midst of a divorce or are facing a custody dispute as an unmarried parent, your role as a parent does not end. Refrain from arguing or saying negative things in front of the children. Whenever possible, be openly supportive of the other parent in front of the children. Support the other parent’s involvement in your children’s daily routine. Positive co-parenting may be difficult during this stressful time, but your children are worth it.
In Michigan, there are two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Parents are typically awarded joint legal custody, which means that they share in the decision making process regarding significant issues affecting the child’s well-being. However, there are circumstances when awarding one parent sole legal custody is warranted. Physical custody determines where the child will live and can be awarded as sole physical custody, joint physical custody, or a shared custody arrangement designating primary residence to one parent but a shared parenting time arrangement with the other parent.
Parents can agree to custody. However, if parents are unable to agree, a hearing is held by the court and a determination is made based upon “Best Interest Factors” listed in Michigan Statute 722.23. If you are facing a child custody dispute, it is critical that you have the right attorney to guide you through the process – one that understands what is involved in a best interest hearing and can explain to you each of the relevant factors involved in a custody hearing.
To learn more about custody as it relates to your specific situation, please contact me.