At The Smith Law Offices, P.C., we are committed to your success in a child custody or parenting time matter. We take a highly focused approach, using our skill, knowledge and experience to help you pursue the outcome you want. We place a premium on personal service and attention, and we arrange for every client to meet face-to-face with one of our lawyers. We are a small law firm by intent so that we can devote more time to every case we handle. Because of our broad knowledge and our willingness to listen carefully to the needs and concerns of our clients, many of our new cases come to us in the form of referrals.
We will help you develop and put in place custody and parenting time (visitation) arrangements that are in the best interests of your minor children while protecting your rights as a parent. We are intimately familiar with the 12-factor test that the courts in Michigan use when determining custody. We will carefully review each of the factors with you and give you an honest assessment of your likelihood of success, as well as any other options you may have.
We work with men and women at any stage of a child custody dispute, whether you have just filed for divorce and need to put a temporary order in place while your divorce is pending, or your divorce is final and you need assistance with modification or enforcement proceedings.
We will carefully explain the differences between legal and physical custody, and we will help you understand when joint custody is appropriate and when you should seek sole custody of your minor children. When putting together a parenting plan, we will always consider the medical, educational, religious and other special needs of your children. At the same time, we will seek to put arrangements in place that promote a healthy parent-child relationship with both custodial and noncustodial parents, and that allow both parents a meaningful opportunity to participate in the growth and development of their children.