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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.

Considerations when determining child custody

There are many complicated issues that must be resolved when couples in Michigan and across the U.S. decide to file for divorce. One of the most emotional topics is child custody. Will the parents split custody or will the child primarily reside with one parent and visit the other on a planned schedule? Although studies show that joint parenting, in most cases, tends to be better for the children involved, it is not always feasible. Some parents live a significant distance apart and it is impossible to share 50/50 custody. Others are incarcerated or have a mental issue that does not allow them unsupervised time with their children.

Can grandparents be awarded parenting time?

Parents are not the only important people in a child’s life. Grandparents can play essential roles when it comes acting as a role model for children while they are growing up. Grandparents may, however, receive the short end of the stick when it comes to being able to visit their grandchildren once a divorce is finalized.

Can child custody be negotiated through the mediation process?

Whether you are just beginning the divorce process or you have already filed your paperwork, you may be interested to know the significant benefits of mediation, especially when it comes to arranging child custody and creating a parenting plan. When you and your spouse decide to part ways, you must continue a relationship with one another when co-parenting your children.  

Study claims joint custody may be best for kids, long-term

When Farmington Hills parents decide to terminate their marriage, the court may award sole physical custody or joint physical custody depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. Although parents may believe that they have the best interests of their children in mind when fighting for sole custody, it can be hard to discern what is really beneficial for the child. A study published by the American Psychological Association found that children who are able to spend time with both parents may be better off than those who are kept in sole physical custody.

Creating a successful visitation schedule

When parents file for legal separation or divorce in Michigan, it is crucial that they work together in order to develop a parenting schedule that meets the specific needs of their children. Not only can a good visitation schedule help to ease the changes a child may experience when his or her parents separate, but it can support the developmental and social growth of the child as well.

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