Michigan Child Custody Laws

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Michigan Child Custody Laws take into primary consideration the needs of the child more than any other factor. The law is very specific about maintaining as much stability in a child's life, and keeping as close a relationship as is possible with both parents after a divorce.

Joint Custody and Michigan Child Custody Laws

There is a law in Michigan which encourages joint custody arrangements be made in a divorce child custody case. Under this law, 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, just to name a few.

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 day to day welfare. If, for example, one parent is going to be staying in the home where the child already lives, then this may be a factor in awarding that parent physical custody, so the child's life is disrupted as little as possible.

Giving Parents Equal Rights

The parent who does not have physical custody of a child is then given what is called, "parenting time", in which he or she visits with or has the child stay with them on a regular basis. (Alternate weekends, holidays, vacation periods, etc.) Again, the goal with Michigan child custody laws is to make things as smooth as possible for the children after a divorce, and being able to keep both parents in their lives is important.

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