While child custody issues commonly arise out of a divorce case, there are other situations where parents must address the living arrangements for minor children. Michigan law encourages agreement on child custody, but a compromise may be difficult in presence of strong emotions. Disputes about the residential environment and important decision-making are at the forefront for parents wanting the best for the child. Plus, custody is closely associated with other child-related issues, including parenting time, support, modifications, and relocation.
Our child support attorneys at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office know that effective representation in your case starts with trust, which is why we take time to explain your legal rights and options. When you have the right information, you are in a better position to make responsible decisions about your family situation. We have more than 27 years of experience fighting for clients in Ottawa County and Western Michigan, during which time our legal team has gained the experience that can only come from taking on tough child custody battles.
Our attorneys tackle all types of child custody cases, whether as part of a divorce or paternity action. We can provide advice and counsel when seeking an agreement with the child’s other parent, and we will help you navigate the complicated court process if necessary. At the outset, it is important to understand how the term “custody” applies to a child’s care and living arrangements, such as:
Michigan law favors a shared approach to child custody, where both parents have a say, even though one is considered the residential parent. Joint custody means each parent has some authority in making important decisions, as designated by the court’s order.
Whether parents agree on child custody or a court must make a determination, Michigan law requires consideration of the child’s best interests. There are 12 factors a judge reviews, including:
For more information on child custody cases in Ottawa County or Western Michigan, please call the Van Den Heuvel Law Office at 616-698-0000 or visit our website. We can schedule a consultation for you to discuss your circumstances with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.