Parents of blended families in Michigan may come across a complicated issue when they divorce. They may wonder what their rights and responsibilities are when their soon-to-be ex-spouse has a child from another relationship with whom they have bonded. Are they legally responsible for caring for that child after the divorce?
A child custody case centered on a family from the TLC reality show "Toddlers & Tiaras" has pageant mothers concerned that their children's participation in beauty pageants could cost them their custody rights. In the case, a 6-year-old girl's father reportedly cited her child beauty pageant hobby as a reason why he should be awarded full custody, believing the pageants sexualize young participants. While the judge ordered the girl and her mother stop participating in pageants until the case concludes, he also issued a gag order against the father, threw reporters out of the trial and closed the hearing.
With Michigan as one of the many states in America with residents who suffer from obesity, community members may relate to one man in Canada who is claiming he lost child custody due to his excessive weight.
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.