Helping You Protect The Best Interests Of Your Children
When parents are going through a divorce or ending their relationship, they may struggle to find common ground on issues concerning custody of their children. Both sides will be committed to protecting the amount of time that they will spend with their child, but, it is important that each parent is allowed an opportunity to be part of their child’s life.
At Bergmans Law P.C., we understand the complicated questions that accompany child custody matters. We take the time to develop solutions that focus on needs that are specific to your situation, and we work together with the other side to reduce the conflict that may arise at this time. We are dedicated to helping you find an agreement that is in the best interests of your children.
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Child Custody In Michigan
In Michigan, there is a distinction between legal and physical custody. Legal custody means you have the right to make decisions about your child’s life. Conversely, physical custody means you have the right to have your child live with you.
Custody orders are based on what is in the best interests of the child. When making this determination, a court may consider several factors, including:
- Parents’ ability to provide the child with love, education, food, shelter and medical care
- Their willingness to facilitate the child’s relationship with the other
- Moral fitness, and the mental and physical health of the parties involved
- Domestic violence, and whether or not it was directed at, or witnessed by, the child
A judge may order parents to have joint custody of their child. However, what constitutes joint custody may vary from one family to another. For instance, it may mean that you can make decisions that impact your child’s life (legal custody), but that the child lives with the other parent (physical custody), with you receiving visitation or parenting time with the child.
Sole custody means that only one parent has both physical and legal custody of the child.
The court will also take into account:
- A child’s emotional ties to each party
- The child’s home, school, and community record
- The child’s preference, if he or she is of sufficient age.
A judge can also consider any other factors that are relevant to the specific family situation. These factors also come into play if one parent wants to relocate with the children.
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If you have questions about child custody laws in Michigan, contact Bergmans Law P.C. today for a FREE initial consultation. With an office located in Howell, we assist clients throughout Livingston County, including those living in Brighton, Linden, Fenton and the surrounding areas. You can reach us online or by calling 810-222-5703.
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