Family law attorneys can help clients navigate the details of child custody in a way that better meets the physical and emotional needs of the children and the parents.
Divorce has a far-reaching impact on one’s home and life, especially in instances when children are involved. The issue of child custody can often be one of the most difficult parts of a divorce because it is such an emotionally charged issue. Depending on the desires of each spouse, coming to a decision regarding child custody can be a very hard situation. This is where the assistance of a family lawyer becomes an important priority.
No two families are alike, and deciding on child custody agreements will vary from family to family depending on the needs and desires of the parents and the applicable laws within each jurisdiction. However at this time, all states within the United States have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA) which helps standardize the laws regarding child custody across the country. This makes it much easier for parents who end up living in different states.
What does child custody involve?
Child custody is a term used to describe the legal relationship between a parent and child. This includes the responsibilities of the parent to care for the child or make important decisions on their behalf. Child custody will also refer to where the child resides and whom they have contact with.
Who is given custody?
Child custody is generally given to the parent who is deemed most capable of providing care in the best interest of the child. In Michigan there are several factors taken into consideration to determine what is in the child’s best interest. In some cases, parents will dispute the decision citing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse on the part of the other parent, or may take steps to prevent contact from the other parent. In such cases, a qualified family law attorney can take the necessary steps to ensure accurate information is provided in court.
According to recent studies, over fifty percent of divorce cases grant primary care of the child to the mother. However, current trends may be increasing the contact fathers have with children following a divorce. One of these trends includes setting up customized parenting schedules.
Custody Trends – Parenting Schedules
In most cases there is a parenting schedule. In these situations, there is less distinction between custodial and non-custodial parents. Rather, each parent is given specific times to care for the child depending on the best interest of the child. In some cases, children spend long periods of time with one parent then long periods of time with another parent. Or, they may spend shorting periods of time with one parent more frequently.
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