Michigan Child Custody Lawyers Advocate for Positive Solutions
Metamora firm assists divorcing parents with creating custody and visitation schedules
Going through a divorce is tough for anybody, but parents face special challenges. Though both parties should agree that the well-being of their children is paramount, determining what that means can cause serious disagreement. At Kohl, Harris, Nolan & McCarthy, P.C. in Metamora, we help Michigan parents create lasting, effective child custody agreements and parenting time schedules. Our personal approach to each case helps us formulate solutions that lower the tension and put everyone on the same page.
The differences between legal custody and physical custody
Michigan judges are bound to render custody and parenting time decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. The law favors legal and physical custody terms that give young people the best chance of keeping strong ties with both parents whenever it is possible to do so safely. By working closely with clients to understand the needs of their sons and daughters, our attorneys strive to negotiate appropriate terms relating to:
- Legal custody — When parents break up, it is important to set forth clear terms about how decisions are to be made regarding medical care, education, religious upbringing and other important matters relating to their children. Frequently, this authority, referred to as legal custody, is shared. However, sole custody could be considered if one parent lacks the responsibility to make proper choices.
- Physical custody — Choosing where your son or daughter will live might be very contentious. Shared physical custody is possible if parents live near each other, even if the child doesn’t spend equal amounts of time in each home. Our firm makes every effort to find solutions that meet a young person’s physical, emotional, social and educational needs.
Whether you’re going through a divorce or never married your child’s other parent, our experienced family law attorneys will strive to find creative solutions to disputes and foster a cooperative environment going forward.
Factors used in Michigan custody determinations
No two children are the same, and judges must examine each unique set of circumstances to reach a custody result that is truly in a young person’s best interests. However, there are certain factors that are considered in each case, such as whether there is a likelihood of abuse or neglect with either parent. Transportation arrangements and compliance with the parenting time order are also factors. From there, judges can also look at a child’s relationship with each parent, work schedules and the son or daughter’s preference if they are of sufficient age.
When can a parent modify a custody arrangement?
Don’t be hesitant to seek a change in custody or parenting time arrangements if you believe the circumstances warrant it. In some cases, a job might affect parenting schedules as well as other aspects of a divorce order, such as spousal support payments. Whether the modification you seek is opposed or unopposed, you need to make a motion to the court for a revision. After evaluating the situation, we can advise if it is likely the judge will believe the adjustment is in the child’s best interests and prepare the necessary documents.
Grandparent visitation rights and other parenting time issues
After the disruption of a divorce, setting a clear parenting time schedule gives everyone a routine they can rely on. We strive to put together a visitation and transportation plan that suits both parents’ needs and gives each of them the opportunity to maintain a strong bond with their son or daughter. In certain instances, grandparents and other family members might be able to establish visitation rights, as well.
Contact an experienced Michigan child custody lawyer for a free initial consultation
Kohl, Harris, Nolan & McCarthy, P.C. in Metamora advises Michigan parents on all types of child custody concerns, including visitation schedules and proposed revisions. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call 810-212-5005 or contact us online.