Child Custody In Michigan

Written by Michael O'Brien
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When fighting for child custody in Michigan, it's important to know that the courts take into primary consideration the needs of the child. The law is very specific about maintaining as much stability in a child's life, and if possible, maintaining a close relationship with both parents after a divorce.

Joint Child Custody in Michigan

There is a law in Michigan which encourages joint custody arrangements be made in a divorce child custody case. Under this arrangement, both parents would have equal say in all the major decisions of their children's lives such as which schools to attend, what religion to follow, or any major medical decisions.

Physical custody of a child is then awarded to one, or both of the parents. Physical custody involves who the child will live with primarily, and who will be responsible for the child's welfare on a daily basis. If one parent is going to be staying in the home where the child already lives, or with the family he or she is most used to, then this may be a factor in awarding that parent physical custody.

Equal Rights under the Law

The parent who does not have physical custody of a child is then given visitation rights, in which he or she has regular contact with the children and they stay with him or her on a regular basis. (Alternate weekends, holidays, or vacations.) Again, the main consideration in matters of child custody in Michigan is to make things as smooth as possible for the kids after a divorce, and being able to maintain a stable home life, and both parents in their lives, is very important.

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