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How often will I see my child after a divorce?

As parents in Michigan like you grow and move on with your lives after a divorce, it's very possible that the arrangements you initially set up will no longer work for your needs. Lisa Stern, Michigan Family Law Attorney, is here to explain how these arrangements can be changed after a divorce has already happened.

What are key points of consideration in a parenting plan?

In Michigan, parents need to create a parenting plan after they get a divorce. This allows for both you and your ex-spouse to continue having a presence in your child's life, which benefits everyone. Lisa Stern, a Michigan family law attorney, is here to guide you through the process of creating your own individual parenting plan.

Understanding stepparent adoption

At the offices of family law attorney Lisa Stern in Michigan, we know that stepparent adoption can be a great benefit to everyone in a blended family. When you adopt your spouse’s children from a previous relationship, you are showing them how much you love them and that you want to be their forever parent. In addition, becoming the other legal parent of your spouse’s children gives you all the rights and privileges of biological parenthood, making it easier for you to participate in the medical, educational, religious and social decisions so crucial in their lives.

How custody is decided when parents cannot agree

Michigan courts recognize that divorce is an emotional period for everyone in the family. They also know that matters can become heated between parents who are soon to be ex-spouses and sometimes, agreeing on anything seems impossible. That is why family law is structured to uphold the best interests of the child.

How is child custody determined in different divorce situations?

When faced with having to make decisions about child custody, Michigan parents like you will have a lot of options to sort through. Will you have joint custody? What will your visitation schedule look like? This is where professionals like Lisa Stern can step in, helping you decide which options would be the best for you, and most importantly, for your child.

Studies find shared custody best for children

In Michigan when a couple with children decides to divorce a primary concern is determining what the custody arrangement will be. New studies have found that barring an abusive situation, joint custody splitting the child's time evenly between parents turns out best for the child.

What does the “best interests of the child” mean?

Most parents believe they have a pretty good idea of those things that are in the best interests of their children. They are probably right. However, in Michigan, as with many states, there is an articulable standard outlined by the legislature regarding what constitutes the “best interests of the child” for purposes of child custody.

Working with an ex to parent together

Michigan parents who get divorced while their children are still young and at home must add co-parenting to the list of the many new things they have to figure out. While certainly people may agree on the importance of putting kids first, it is reasonable to think that working with a former spouse may not always be easy. There was a reason that a couple could not stay married so that reason may well contribute to co-parenting challenges.

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