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Friday, January 22, 2021

Understanding Relocation and Custody Issues in Michigan


Many people do not realize the impact that divorce can have on their ability to move if they have minor children. Michigan law usually requires you to get the approval of a judge, whether you have joint custody or sole (primary) custody, to move with a minor child who is the subject of a custody order. A


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Monday, January 11, 2021

School and Custody or Parenting Time With Covid-19 in Michigan


Custody and parenting time are always modifiable in Michigan, even after a divorce, until the children reach the age of eighteen (18).  While it is unfortunate, there are sometimes reasons that one parent may not be able to continue to handle parenting time as ordered in the Judgment or the custody should change.  In those cases, the parent seeking to change or modify the situation has the burden to prove that the current arrangement are no longer in the best interests of the child or children.

The Importance of School and Attendance in Custody and Parenting Time Matters

Regardless of whether school is remote, due to Covid-19, hybrid or in-person, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that the kids are getting to school on time and attending classes.  Failure to attend classes on-time during one parent's scheduled parenting time is a red-flag to any family law judge or referee.


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Monday, December 21, 2020

Child Custody: Joint vs. Sole. Physical vs. Legal


Divorce is a complicated process, especially when trying to navigate child custody concerns. Michigan divorce attorneys find that most parenting questions during divorce arise from confusion surrounding custodial rights, specifically joint vs.


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Thursday, December 10, 2020

What Michigan Dads Need to Know About Child Custody


Michigan law requires courts making decisions about child custody to put the child’s well-being first, over the wishes of the parents. Judges accomplish this goal by using the “best interests of the child” standard. Before a court can enter an order of custody or visitation, it must make a finding that the terms of the proposed order are in the best interests of the child.

Judges have to evaluate multiple factors to determine the best interests of the child. Also, the courts must start from a neutral position as to gender; in other words, the judge cannot automatically assume that one parent will be a better choice for primary custody based only on gender.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

What Happens If I Cannot Afford an Attorney to Get Custody of my Child?


When you need legal help to get or keep custody of your child, you might be worried about how you will pay the legal fees for the court battle. Depending on the issues of your custody dispute and how litigious the other parent is, the cost of fighting your child’s other parent could be substantial.

Michigan law does not force you to hire a lawyer to advocate for you, but


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

How Do I Change Custody of My Child in Michigan?


Just because the divorce is over does not meant that custody and parenting time cannot change.  Custody is modifiable so long as the child remains a minor.  It is very difficult to change the custody of a child and it may require several appearances in court before the judge will consider modifying custodial arrangements.  While parenting time is easier to modify, it is still very difficult if the other parent is not willing to cooperate in any manner.  Attempting to make such changes can be overwhelming, and you should seek help from a Read more . . .


Saturday, August 29, 2020

5 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting After a Divorce


Raising children can be difficult enough when you are married. Co-parenting after divorce can be much more challenging. You might have to deal with your former spouse’s new significant other. You could still have hurt feelings and anger. Financial struggles are common after divorce.


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Monday, August 10, 2020

How Does Being the Working Parent Affect My Custody Rights?

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Friday, July 31, 2020

What's the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody in Michigan?


Child custody arrangements can present specific challenges and bring into question your rights as a parent, even in the most amicable circumstances. Meeting the needs of a child, satisfy the wants of each parent, and legally comply with Michigan’s child custody laws can feel overwhelming, and you may need help from a Michigan child custody attorney.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

Is Michigan the Home State to Get a Custody Order For a Child?


Going through a divorce can be stressful. There may be several matters to resolve related to domestic support, children, and property division, depending on the couple’s circumstances. Parties who want to avoid a trial may choose divorce mediation to settle these matters. With the help of a 


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Can You Kidnap Your Own Child?


Parental kidnapping is a crime in the state of Michigan. The other parent can call the police or contact the prosecuting attorney and request that the parent who refuses to allow the parenting time gets charged with the crime of parental kidnapping.

These cases tend to be high-conflict, so you might not want to handle these allegations on your own without a lawyer. A


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