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May 2012 Archives

Should children have input into their "best interests"?

In Michigan, divorce courts making child custody decisions say that they are making those rulings after determining the best interests of the child. Many agree, however, that what those best interests are can often change over time. Some have suggested that, especially as they grow and mature, the children themselves should have more influence over what is in their best interest.

Special court offers alternative solutions to co-parenting

In Michigan, as well as nationwide, an increasing number of parents are unmarried. It is estimated that approximately four out of 10 children in the U.S. are born to parents who were never wed. In one state, authorities are experimenting with a new specialized court designed to assist unmarried parents with their unique challenges. That includes a heightened focus on fathers' rights.

Court awards visitation rights to unmarried dad

An unmarried father estranged from the mother of his daughter waged a court battle over custody for the child he only saw once in four and a half years. On April 27, a judge issued an order mandating that the father be granted ongoing visitation rights with his daughter. Single fathers in Michigan frequently have to wage a battle for the right to see their children and be involved in their lives. This case may affect similar rulings elsewhere in the country

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