If you are contemplating filing for divorce, separation, or have a paternity issue, you may be worried about how custody and child support will be determined and whether you will be able to spend quality time with your children. The Michigan child support, divorce and visitation attorneys at The Cromer Law Group PLLC, win child custody disputes and family law related matters because we thoroughly investigate your case and represent your interests only — not that of your spouse or partner. As a client, you will appreciate our passion and the aggressive efforts we employ in seeking fairness and justice in court regarding your family law related matter.
Child Custody in Michigan
We inform our clients with the requisite information necessary to allow them to evaluate their objectives and to vigorously pursue realistic results. In Michigan, child custody is divided into two categories:
- Legal custody: referring to a parent’s ability to make major life decisions for the minor child, such as those involving healthcare, schooling and religious issues.
- Physical custody: where the minor child will physically reside the majority of the time.
Both legal and physical custody can be awarded as either joint custody or sole custody depending on the best interests of the children. When determining child custody matters, a judge may evaluate many factors to determine what is in the best interests of the children involved. Although there are several factors that a judge considers, a judge may deem certain factors more significant that others. Judges may consider some or all of the following factors to determine child custody:
- The love, affection and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child.
- The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to give the child love, affection and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child, in his or her religion or creed, if any.
- The capacity and disposition of the parties involved, to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care and other material needs.
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
- The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes.
- The moral fitness of the parties involved.
- The mental and physical health of the parties involved.
- The home, school, and community record of the child.
- The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference.
- The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents.
- Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child.
- Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.
The attorneys at THE CROMER LAW GROUP PLLC, proudly represent clients throughout Michigan, including the greater Detroit metro area. To contact a lawyer at our firm to discuss your divorce, child custody, Michigan child support issue, visitation or any other family law related matter in confidence, please call (248) 809-6790 (day) or (313) 213-5875 (24 hours) to set up a consultation that may be flexible with your evening and/or weekend schedule. You may also contact us by email or you can visit our full website at http://www.thecromerlawgroup.com or feel free “Like Us” on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thecromerlawgroup
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