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Child Custody Archives

Amid child custody dispute, mother, daughter detained in Brazil

In the family-oriented culture of the Midwest, most Michigan parents understand the importance of spending time with their children. In cases of divorce and relocation, most parents also recognize the importance of promoting meaningful contact with the non-custodial parent. Unfortunately, the efforts of a 33-year-old American woman to promote meaningful contact between her 6-year-old daughter and the girl's Brazilian father have turned into an international child custody dispute. Police in the South American country of Brazil have confiscated their passports, preventing the mother and child from leaving the country.

The negatives of social media and internet use on a custody case

In today's society use of technology such as smart phones, iPad and social networking is common and second nature. But there is an insidious side to social media, particularly when used by a divorcing or divorced couple, which may adversely impact child custody.

Legalities surrounding child custody for gays and lesbians

Michigan residents interested in equality and familiar with the challenges gays and lesbians face may be aware the U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act soon. Family issues that a gay and lesbian couple may face are not different from what a straight couple faces. One issue which has surfaced on numerous occasions and, presents a challenge in the family law court system is the issue of child custody.

Father fighting archaic Michigan law to see daughter

After years of court battles and lobbying Michigan lawmakers to change a 1956 Michigan statute which states that a woman's husband is legally presumed to be the father of his wife's children, a Michigan man who was prevented from seeing his biological daughter finally got a change to talk to her over the phone nearly three and a half years later.

Michigan man has children taken away by Child Protective Services

In an emotional arraignment, felony neglect charges were brought against a Warren, Michigan man over the death of his morbidly obese, bedridden wife. The man was the primary caregiver for his wife and allegedly, while under his care, her health was allowed to deteriorate. When rescue personnel responded to the 9-1-1 call, she was found lying in her own waste. Professionals believe she was likely in that state for at least eight or nine days. The man was emotional and devastated by the loss of his wife.

Mother charged for not returning son to father in Michigan

Parents with minor and un-emancipated children who are no longer together routinely have to work with each other to arrange visitation and parenting time with the non-custodial parent. In such child custody cases, some parents may be able to mutually agree and draft a workable schedule while others may not be able to see eye-to-eye on any issue related to parenting time.

Mother charged for not returning son to father in Michigan

Parents with minor and un-emancipated children who are no longer together routinely have to work with each other to arrange visitation and parenting time with the non-custodial parent. In such child custody cases, some parents may be able to mutually agree and draft a workable schedule while others may not be able to see eye-to-eye on any issue related to parenting time.

Grandparents struggle for visitation with grandchildren

Families are dynamic and typically made up of grandparents, in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins children and grandchildren. But sometimes, due to irreconcilable differences, a family may break up or a couple's marriage may end in divorce. When children are involved, child custody and visitation issues may dominate the dissolution proceedings. But the role of grandparents and their entitlements to visitation with their grandchildren is a whole different matter.

Is being poor a defense for an inability to pay child support?

In today's hard economic times many are facing challenges such as foreclosure, insurmountable debt, layoff and an inability to find gainful employment. Nevertheless, regardless of their circumstance, non-custodial parents are required by law to pay child support on a monthly basis. Economic dynamics have changed but laws which govern child support payments have not.

6-year-old daughter may stand to lose most from Cruise divorce

Conventional wisdom holds that a child will benefit from having a variety of rich relationships -- on both sides of a family tree. For that reason, many courts in Michigan and across the country express a preference for joint child custody arrangements.

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