Putting Your Children First
Children need both parents.
No matter what the reason for your divorce, when it comes to child custody and support, it's important to consider the needs of your children. There are very specific guidelines when it comes to shared parenting, visitation, and primary domicile. Becoming familiar with all of the options will help prepare you for this very important decision.
The differences between legal custody and physical custody. When it comes to the issue of child custody, there is often significant misunderstanding regarding the difference between “Legal Custody” and “Physical Custody”. “Legal Custody” or “Joint Legal Custody” is a legal principle in which the court grants one or both parties the right to […]
There are a multitude of factors that a judge and the Friend of the Court may consider when deciding if and how much child support shall be paid. In the end, the court typically looks to two broad questions: (1) What are the children’s needs? (2) What ability to pay child support does the […]
Parenting Time and Visitation
Parenting time/visitation. For decades, parties to a divorce action and even the courts themselves would often refer to the time that a child spends with parents as visitation. In more recent years, that term has fallen out vogue and the term “parenting time” is used almost exclusively. In every state in the United States and […]
Change of Domicile
Can I change domicile and move my kids out of Michigan? In Michigan, no parent may make a unilateral decision to move their minor children to another state without the consent of the court. In fact, the law prevents minor children from being moved any distance greater than 100 miles, even if the more than […]
The court recognizes that what was good for the parties and the minor children at the time of the divorce may not continue to be in the best interest of the parties at a later date. When a change in circumstances arises, the JOD may need to be modified as a result. […]
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