Farmington Hills Child Custody Lawyer
When a Michigan divorce involves minor children, parties must address additional issues beyond their own needs. State law is clear that the child’s best interests are the primary factor when considering custody arrangements, whether by agreement of the parties or in court. However, the details involved with various types of custody, parenting time, and other matters can be complicated when parents’ emotions are running high.
Our lawyers at the office of Paul J. Tafelski provide the legal support you need in tough child custody cases. We’re on your side to assist with agreements and negotiations, and we have the skills to fight for your rights in court hearings. At the same time, our attorneys have the compassion to understand the intimate, personal nature of child custody cases. With more than a decade of experience representing clients in Farmington Hills and throughout the State of Michigan, we focus on parents’ needs without compromising those of the child.
Child Custody Laws in Michigan
When a divorce involves children, Michigan law encourages parents to agree on child custody. In the absence of agreement, a court will make a determination on the matter by considering:
- Types of Child Custody: In rare situations, a judge may grant sole custody and give one parent complete decision-making authority. However, the law supports both parents being involved with raising the child, and joint custody is the preferred arrangement in most cases. There are two classifications in the context of joint custody:
- Legal Custody: Parents share in making decisions as to important issues that affect the welfare and care for the child, such as medical care, education, participation in religion, and extracurricular activities. The amount of time a child spends with each parent is not a factor in joint legal custody.
- Physical Custody: This type of custody refers to the time period that each parent spends with the child. Physical custody doesn’t grant decision-making authority to a parent; it means that the parent can decide routine and urgent issues when physically caring for the child.
- Best Interests of the Child: Throughout the process of deciding on child custody, a judge will apply the child’s best interests standard as established by Michigan law. Factors include:
- The love and emotional bond between each parent and the child;
- Moral fitness, and mental and physical health of each parent;
- The child’s wishes, if appropriate considering his or her age;
- The stability of the environment where the child currently resides;
- School, religion, and community ties;
- The presence of domestic violence; and,
- Other considerations the court finds relevant.
Contact a Farmington Hills, MI Lawyer About Child Custody
If you would like to know more about child custody in Michigan and want to discuss your situation with an attorney, please contact the office of Paul J. Tafelski at (248) 221-1060. You can also visit us online to set up an appointment to review your circumstances. We assist parents with all types of child custody matters, and we’re committed to helping you achieve the most favorable outcome.