Studies show that following a divorce with children, the children benefit from having a relationship with both parents. Under Michigan law, there is a presumption that it is in the best interests of the child to continue to have a relationship with both parents. This continued relationship with the non-custodial parent is referred to as parenting time.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that divorce happens, and Michigan is a no-fault state. A no-fault divorce means that the party filing for divorce does not have to prove any kind of fault and can seek a divorce for whatever reason. However, Michigan does have a residency requirement.
Child custody disputes between a divorcing or divorced couple with children can sometimes get bitter. Some parents may have legitimate concerns that the other parent may take the child out of the country or abduct the child. This is indeed an issue of concern, but the good news is that parents can work to prevent child abduction in child custody cases by the following tips provided by the U.S. Department of State.
In Michigan, courts use a 12-factor test to determine a custody arrangement. Courts consider these 12 factors in order to determine what is in the best interest of the child or children. Recently divorced couples with children, couples who are in the process of divorces with children or individuals who have never been married, but have a child together, likely have to deal with child custody and parenting time issues. Parenting time is the more modern term for visitation. Disputes between parties regarding who should get physical and legal custody of children and what the parenting time should be like for the non-custodial parent can arise.
There are many self-help and toolkit options which assist parties in filing the appropriate divorce paperwork, but in many cases divorce can get complex, particularly when there are children, assets and property involved. For anyone contemplating divorce, it is important to have a basic understanding of what the process entails.
When it comes to relocation within Michigan, court approval may not be necessary if the non-custodial parent agrees to the move, sole physical custody has already been granted to one parent and if the relocation residence is closer to the non-custodial parent than before the relocation.
Staff at Smith Law Offices P.C. understand how important having a relationship with one's child is. Whether one is a custodial or non-custodial parent, we will work with you to reach a resolution in your child custody matter that in the best interest of all parties involved.
The issue of child custody relocation typically arises when the custodial parent decides to move to another state or to a location within the state, but at a significant distance such that the non-custodial parent will be limited to a long-distance relationship with the child. Such relocation requests can interfere with the non-custodial parent's rights to visitation and parenting time.
Celebrity news sources routinely have stories on celebrity marriage, divorce and more. The general public tends in be interested in such matters, and likely realizes that regardless of one's social standing, various issues surrounding marriage, divorce, child support and child custody can affect anyone. In fact, Michigan residents familiar with singers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony may find it interesting to learn that after a three year separation, the two singers divorce was recently finalized.
Michigan fans familiar with the Bravo reality TV star Bethenny Frankel may find it interesting to learn that following a contentious and bitter battle in court with her husband over the custody of their now four-year-old daughter, the couple has agreed to share parenting duties.