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Royal Oak Child Custody Attorney
The Children's Best Interests: Child Custody Disputes
An Experienced Family Law Firm Serving Southeast Michigan Since 1974
At Melder & Melder, P.C., we help to resolve issues of child custody for people throughout Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Genesee, St. Clair, Livingston and Washtenaw counties and southeast Michigan. If you are considering divorce and want to protect both your children and your relationship with them — we can help. Find the child custody solutions and representation you need by calling us or contacting us online today.
Michigan Child Custody Laws
In Michigan, as in other states, "the best interests of the child" is the guiding principle used to resolve custody disputes. Although sole custody is awarded in some cases – joint legal custody, with one parent holding primary physical custody and the other parent having parenting time/visitation rights or shared custody where the child spends approximately equal time with both parents – are common types of child custody arrangements that result from a divorce.
Taken from the Michigan Child Custody Act, these are some of specific factors courts consider:
The reasonable preference of the child if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference
The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent/child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents
Domestic violence (regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child)
Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute
Generally speaking, children need relationships with both of their parents. Because of that, parenting time (also known as visitation) is a key component of nearly every child custody order. In addition to helping you arrange an initial schedule that works for your family, our lawyers can also help you after your divorce if you should ever need to ask the court to modify your child custody or parenting time arrangement.