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Custody and your child's school schedule

When a married couple determines that the time to end their marriage has come, they may go through various hurdles. Sometimes, couples struggle with the distribution of their property, while others may have a hard time with child support or spousal support payments. Our law firm knows that for those who have children, child custody can be particularly worrisome. For example, you may be stressed out about a custody agreement and your child's school schedule.

Understanding child custody in Michigan

Divorce cases that involve children in Michigan entail determining who gets custody of the children. This involves figuring out how much time the child spends with each parent and what responsibilities each party has in the child's upbringing. In ideal circumstances, the parents are able to discuss and agree upon an arrangement that is in the best interest of the child. When this is challenging, the courts get involved with the process of determining an agreement.

The importance of communication during a custody dispute

If you are going through a child custody dispute, there could be many different challenges you are facing. For example, you could be stressed out as a result of court, or you could worry that you will lose your ability to participate in your child's life as much as you want to. Moreover, your child could be experiencing emotional problems or struggling as a result of the dispute, which underlines how vital it is to communicate during this time. Our law firm knows how important communication is for many families in Rochester and all over the state of Michigan, especially when a custody dispute arises.

How do courts determine a child’s best interests?

If you are working through a divorce in Michigan, you may be facing all sorts of stress-inducing hurdles. For example, you could have anxiety over child support or the manner in which your marital property will be split up. However, disputes and uncertainty over the custody of children can be particularly emotional and it is vital to work towards an end result that serves your child’s best interests. So, how do courts decide what is in the best interests of children, anyway?

If you are denied holiday weekend parenting time, read this post

With the Memorial Day holiday coming soon, it is very common for people to take advantage of the long weekend and plan family trips and barbeques. For divorced or separated parents, they may not get to spend the weekend with their children because of their parenting time decree. (Either the alternating weekend does not coincide with the holiday, or things don’t work out because of an alternating holiday schedule.

Preventing or Mitigating Summer Custody Disputes

Traditionally, school break periods tend to inspire tension between co-parents. Sometimes this tension arises due to unexpected events, sometimes due to unintended thoughtlessness and sometimes due to intentional thoughtlessness. Growing frustration between co-parents during major school break periods is understandable but rarely welcome.

How important is a child's preferences in custody determinations?

In our last post, we examined the controversial actions of a Michigan judge who wanted to offer each party an opportunity to present their child custody proposals. In that case, the three minor children apparently favored legal and physical custody with their mother. But when the children refused to even meet with their father, the court sent them to juvenile detention.

Could a child custody dispute put you in contempt of court?

Family law courts in Michigan generally endeavor to be impartial when presiding over child custody disputes. Gone are the days when a mother was afforded a presumption of sole legal and/or physical custody. Yet one local judge may have gone too far in her attempts to be neutral to both parties in a contentious divorce. The judge is now facing a 30-day suspension, which would be handed down by the Michigan Supreme Court.

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