Milford Child Custody Lawyer
Divorcing couples typically have a hard time getting along with each other and look forward to ending contact. In contrast, they value time spent with their children and usually do not want to relinquish it. Finding a workable solution for child custody may prove challenging. At Bolling Law Group, PLLC, we work with clients to help them to define their custody objectives and work on strategies to help them achieve them. A Milford child custody lawyer can help you understand your custody options.
Types of custody
Under Michigan family law, courts determine custody based on what is in the “best interests of the child.” Types of custody include:
- Legal custody ― decision-making about the child’s education, health care, religious upbringing and social activities
- Physical custody ― the child’s residence and basic daily care
- Joint custody ― allows parents to share in the child’s legal and physical custody
- Sole custody ― gives only one parent the rights to legal and physical custody
Factors the courts weigh when awarding custody
To arrive at what is in the child’s best interests, Michigan courts consider these factors:
- Child’s and parents’ love, affection and emotional ties
- Parents’ capacity and disposition to give the child love, affection, and guidance
- Parents’ capacity and disposition to provide the child’s food, clothing, medical care, other remedial care or material needs
- Length of time the child lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and desirability of its continuity
- Parents’ moral fitness
- Parents’ mental and physical health
- Child’s home, school and community record
- If of sufficient age, the child’s reasonable preference
- Parents’ willingness and ability to facilitate and encourage the other parent’s close and continuing parent-child relationship
- History, if any, of domestic violence
Child custody is often one of the most contested aspects of divorce. Legal guidance can help you resolve conflicts and also address child support, which is another vital aspect of caring for your child and is determined by the Michigan child support formula.
Contact an experienced Milford child custody attorney
When you are weighing the issues involved with child custody, an experienced attorney can guide you through your legal concerns. The Bolling Law Group in Milford has the experience, knowledge and compassion needed to advise you and protect your rights. Call our firm at (248) 505-2737 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation to obtain the immediate support you need.