When you and your spouse divorce or separate, one of the toughest issues you will have to resolve is that of child custody. The following provides a brief overview of child custody laws in Caledonia:
When parents of a child in Caledonia are seeking a divorce, either parent has the right to file a petition for child custody. The complaint for child custody must be filed in the circuit court in the county in which the parents live. After a complaint has been filed, a Michigan court will determine which custody proposal is within a child’s best interest.
In order to determine a child’s best interests, the court will consider a number of factors. These include:
For many parents, making a determination about child custody outside of the courtroom is very possible. This can happen through mediation, which provides an opportunity for parents to communicate and come to an agreement about division of parenting time. It is only when an agreement cannot be reached that a court will be responsible for making a determination. Keep in mind that it is almost always less expensive, time consuming, and emotional to resolve issues in a child custody dispute outside of court.
Being involved in a child custody complaint can be extremely unpleasant, and the outcome – if not in your favor – can be devastating. At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, our competent Caledonia child custody lawyers understand how much is on the line and what you’re going through, and promise to knowledgeably guide and advocate for you.
To learn more about our services and how we can help, please contact us today. We will work hard on your behalf.