Dedicated representation for all child custody issues
Due to the emotions involved and the desire of parents to do what is best for their children and remain involved in their lives, child custody cases can be some of the most contentious cases in any courtroom. It is also a trigger point for high conflict between unmarried parents.
Our family law team understands how difficult family law cases can be and how important they are to mothers and fathers concerned about the welfare of their children. We strive to address and resolve custody issues as efficiently and effectively as possible. Wherever possible, we seek negotiated outcomes that minimize the stress placed on parents and children, leaving them with an amicable relationship as they move forward.
Joint legal custody
In the majority of child custody cases, the court is likely to award joint legal custody to both parents, leaving them to share responsibilities for major decisions about the child’s upbringing, including his or her education, health care and religion.
Determining physical custody
While the awarding of joint legal custody is often straightforward and predictable, determining who, if anyone, will have primary physical custody can be rife with conflict. The court’s decision on this question will be determined according to the Michigan Child Custody Act, which lays out the 12 best interest factors for determining child custody cases.