November 15, 2020
How Can I Change a Custody Arrangement?
Once the divorce is final, the ex-spouses are free to move on with dreams of a new life, new relationships and often new locations. According to the Census Bureau, most Americans move 12 times during their adult lives, and many of the re-locations happen before the age of 40. When children are involved, the parents […]
September 29, 2020
What Happens When Michigan Parents Want to Relocate?
There are situations when Michigan parents need to move. Whether it be for a new job opportunity, a relationship, or just to experience a new town, moving may be a complicated endeavor for those who have a child custody arrangement. There are many things that are considered when a Michigan parent wants to relocate. If […]
August 31, 2020
What Is Nesting, and How Can It Make Divorce Easier on Children?
Readers of this blog are likely thinking about divorce or in the divorce process. For these Michiganders with kids, they are likely thinking about what co-parenting looks like after the divorce. And, a buzz term in recent years is, nesting, also known as birdnesting. But, what is it, and how can it make a divorce […]
August 13, 2020
Child Custody Is Determined According to Child’s Best Interests
Preparing for the child custody process can be challenging. For that reason, divorcing parents should prepare themselves by understanding how child custody is determined in Michigan with a focus on what is in the best interests of the child. The best interests of the child standard The best interests of the child standard is used […]
May 26, 2020
What if I Have a Custody Order and Need to Move?
Many people in the Detroit area will find that at some point in their lives, they will need to move. For instance, a great job opportunity can mean someone will have to relocate far away from Michigan. Sometimes, even without a job, a person will need to move for family reasons or just to pursue […]
April 22, 2020
Can Children Choose Where They Want to Live?
If parents decide to divorce, must the children stand up before a judge and choose which parent they want to live with? No. There are several reasons why not. For starters: Under Michigan law, children do not have the legal right to choose where they want to live until they turn 18 and become legal […]
February 6, 2020
How Parental Alienation Claims Affect Custody Outcomes
Michigan parents who are negotiating child custody might have to deal with a challenge if one of the parents claims parental alienation. While experts question its credibility, parental alienation is still being used and accepted in courts and can significantly impact the outcome of a child custody dispute. While most parents have the best interests […]
January 6, 2020
Consider a Child’s Age When Creating a Parenting Plan
Part of looking out for a child’s best interests when co-parenting involves creating an effective parenting plan. Michigan co-parents may be interested in learning about some basic guidelines on how to divide time between parents based on a child’s age. Babies and toddlers can easily be put in a state of distress when changes to […]
December 2, 2019
Tips to Successfully Co-parent After a Divorce
Many challenges can arise when co-parenting children after a divorce in Michigan. However, communicating with an ex-spouse is crucial if one wants their kids to grow up to be well-balanced and healthy adults. This means that co-parents may need to sit down and discuss strategies that will encourage their children to cooperate with the parenting […]
November 11, 2019
How Long-Distance Parents Can Maintain Bonds After Divorce
Michigan parents who are divorced may struggle with the child custody and visitation schedule, but there can be additional challenges if the parent is long-distance. However, there are plenty of things parents can do to help maintain the bond even if they see their children infrequently in person. For example, parents can maintain regular communication […]