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Child Custody Archives

Child custody dispute and international parental kidnapping

Family law disputes involving custodial rights can get tense between two parents, or divorcing or divorced couples. Though it is in the best interest of all parties involved to work together to resolve any child custody issues through the proper legal channel, there are times when rational people may make irrational decisions, such as taking a minor child out of the country during a child custody dispute with the primary purpose of infringing upon or depriving the other parent of their custodial and parental rights.

Can child custody be modified while a parent is deployed?

Under the current Michigan law, pursuant to the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act, if a parent files a motion to change child custody while the other parent is deployed, then the Michigan court should consider staying the motion. It is very important to understand that the length of the parent's deployment must not be used to make a best interest of the child determination. Similarly, any future deployments cannot be taken into consideration either

Parenting time dispute lands three children in juvenile detention

Child custody and parenting time disputes can arise between divorced or separated parents. Generally the parents are disputing the term of an agreement already in place and the children are stuck in the middle. But, sometimes the children may take matters into their own hands and despite a court order and visitation schedule, may refuse to spend time with a parent.

What is role of the Friend of the Court office in child custody?

When child custody is disputed in Michigan, parents dealing with custody issues will have some contact with the Friend of the Court Office. In fact, this is the first office any parents will have to deal with when a judge is deciding the child custody arrangement. However, it very important for parents to understand that Friend of the Court office does not determine or decide the custody arrangement, but gives the court recommendations.

Tips to prevent child abduction in child custody cases

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.

Bill proposed to delay child custody cases for service members

Many brave men and women serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of their service, they make tremendous sacrifices, including being away from their family and children for extended periods of time. Though most of us support the military, every now and then a story surfaces where a military service member has lost custody of their child or children while they were away serving our country.

Are you embroiled in a child custody dispute?

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.

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