The Rockford child custody attorneys at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office can guide you through everything you need to know about child custody laws, and your right to seek custody of your child, in Michigan.
What Are My Rights in Regards to Custody of My Child?
All parents in Rockford have the right to seek custody of their child in the event that they and their spouse divorce, separate, or are unmarried and do not live together. To do this, you will need to file a complaint for child custody with the circuit court in the county in which you live.
You and your spouse have the right to create a parenting plan together that addresses which one of you will have legal custody over your child, which one of you will have physical custody over your child, or whether or not you will split these responsibilities. If you decide to share legal and physical custody of a child, you will need to outline how these responsibilities will be divided.
Do I Need an Attorney if My Spouse and I Are In Agreement About a Custody Arrangement?
Many people wonder whether or not they really need an attorney when they are in agreement with their spouse about a custody arrangement. While this is certainly an ideal situation, it is often rare; parents commonly disagree about how time or responsibilities in regards to a child should be divided. In the event that you and your child’s other parent disagree, having an attorney on your side who can represent you during negotiations, or who can represent you during a hearing, is important.
However, even if you and your child’s parent are in agreement about a custody arrangement, you should still have the agreement drafted and reviewed by an attorney who has your best interest in mind before signing off on it.
What Happens During a Child Custody Hearing?
A child custody hearing will be scheduled if parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement. During the hearing, each parent will have the opportunity to present their parenting plan, and reasons why the judge should enforce their parenting plan, to the court. You can present any evidence that is pertinent to your request. The judge presiding over your case will make a decision based on the best interests of the child.
Contact Our Rockford Child Custody Attorneys Today
At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, our talented Rockford child custody attorneys know what you are going through, and understand that more stress is the last thing you need in your life. We will help you to understand child custody laws, what factors a judge will base their custody decision on, and how you can improve your chances of being awarded custody of your child. Contact our team today to get started.