The thought of losing time with your child is challenging in any case. When custody and parenting time decisions are in the hands of a judge, it can feel like the most important relationship of your life is left to the will of a stranger. But going through a custody conflict in Michigan does not mean relinquishing total control over your future. By showing that your child’s best interests are your priority, you have a better chance of obtaining a favorable outcome for your family.
Michigan law strongly favors shared parenting time, as long as spending time with either parent would not be injurious to the child. Physical custody, determining where the child lives, can be awarded to one (sole) or both (joint) parents. The same goes for legal custody, which deals with each parent’s right to make decisions for the child.
In preparing for your divorce, the actions you take can help or hurt your chances of achieving the type of custody and parenting time arrangement you want. Keeping in mind these do’s and don’ts may guide you in making smart decisions strengthening your case.
At Dawson Family Law PLLC in Sterling Heights, we help Michigan parents find child custody and parenting time solutions that work for their children. With more than 40 years of family law experience, I capably address and resolve complicated legal situations of all kinds. To schedule a free initial consultation, call me at 833-671-4445 or contact me online.