Royal Oak, MI Lawyers with Extensive Experience in Child Custody Cases
Michigan divorce laws are already complex, but these cases are further complicated when there are minor children born to the marriage. The statute encourages parents to agree on child custody matters, but the court will step in to make a decision when the parties cannot compromise. Throughout the process of determining custody, parenting time, and other details, the child’s best interests are the primary consideration.
At the office of Paul J. Tafelski, our attorneys are dedicated to delivering the high-level legal representation you need in difficult child custody matters. Whether in court or at the negotiating table, we ensure you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your future. Our lawyers have years of experience representing parents in child custody cases in Royal Oak, MI, and across the State of Michigan.
Michigan Law on Child Custody
When you retain a trusted attorney to advocate on your behalf, it’s often possible to reduce the emotional hurdles and reach an agreement on child custody. Still, where parents are unable to resolve disputes, the court will apply Michigan law to make a determination.
- Child Custody Arrangements: It’s rare that a judge will award sole custody because the law encourages both parents to be involved with a child’s life; joint custody is the preferred arrangement. A judge will address two aspects of joint custody:
- Legal Custody: Parents share in making the important decisions regarding the child, including medical care, education, religion, extracurricular activities, and other matters affecting the welfare of the child. The amount of time a child spends with each parent is not a determining factor.
- Physical Custody: The days and times that each parent spends with the child are the focus of a physical custody decision. The court does not award important decision-making authority to a parent. Instead, physical custody means that the parent can decide routine and urgent issues during these times.
- Child’s Best Interests Standard: Child custody matters under Michigan law center on one core concept: The child’s best interests. A court reviews such factors as:
- The love and emotional bond between each parent and the child;
- The stability of the existing custodial environment;
- Moral fitness of each parent;
- The existence of any domestic violence, regardless of whether it’s directed toward the child;
- The mental and physical health of each parent;
- The child’s wishes, if age-appropriate;
- The child’s ties to the current school, religion, and community environment; and,
- Any other considerations the court finds relevant.
Consult with a Child Custody Attorney in Royal Oak, MI
For more information on child custody in Michigan, please contact the office of Paul J. Tafelski at (248) 456-8243 or visit our web site. Our legal staff can answer your questions or set up a consultation to discuss your case. We represent parents in a range of child custody matters, and will work to ensure the best outcome for your family.