Michigan Child Custody Attorney Serving Clients in Troy
If you are getting divorced and you have children from the marriage, you will need to learn more about Michigan’s laws concerning child custody. While child custody cases often are decided in connection with divorce proceedings, it is also possible for a court to award child custody in situations that are unconnected to divorce. Given the emotional bonds that exist between parents and their children, facing a child custody case can be extremely contentious and difficult for kids and parents alike. When you work with an experienced Troy child custody lawyer, you will have a dedicated advocate on your side who will help to make this experience as harmonious as possible. When child custody cases become particularly difficult, an advocate can also make sure that your voice is heard in court.
The dedicated team at the law office of Paul J. Tafelski can speak with you today about your child custody case in Troy.
Different Types of Child Custody in Troy, Michigan
Child custody matters in Troy are governed by the Michigan Child Custody Act. Under Michigan law, there are two different types of custody that the court orders:
- Legal custody: Legal custody refers to decision-making authority for the child. Parents can share legal custody even if the child lives primarily with only one of the parents. Indeed, legal custody is not dependent upon the amount of time that a child regularly spends with each parent. As such, parents can share legal custody even if one parent lives a great means the parent makes important decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as where the child will attend school, where the child will receive healthcare, or what religion the child will practice.
- Physical custody: Physical custody refers to the amount of time that the parent spends with the child. A parent can have physical custody without having the responsibilities of legal custody associated with making important decisions about the child.
Both legal custody and physical custody can be either “sole” or “joint.” Although Michigan law does not have a specific definition of “sole” custody, when it comes to legal custody, sole legal custody refers to only one parent making important decisions about the child’s upbringing, while sole physical custody refers to only one parent providing daily care for the child. Sole custody is frequently ordered when the judge believes the parents cannot get along with one another for the benefit of their child or children. Even if one parent has sole legal and physical custody, the other parent can still be awarded parenting time, which means that the noncustodial parent with parenting time will have to make emergency decisions about the child’s well-being, as well as decisions about the child’s daily care during parenting time.
Learn More from a Troy Child Custody Attorney
Child custody can be complicated, especially when parents have questions about the distinctions between sole and joint custody, as well as between legal and physical custody. An experienced Troy child custody attorney can assist with your case. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to learn more about the services we provide to residents of Troy, Michigan. Contact the law office of Paul J. Tafelski today.