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What Are Father's Rights Under Michigan Divorce Law?

Nov 02, 2016

The process of divorce in Michigan is complex, but the changes in dynamics to the family unit are far more complex. As you work through the process of divorce, you may find yourself wondering what your rights are and what you should do to protect those rights. Once you file for divorce, both parents will need to work hard to establish themselves in a new life. It’s no wonder, then, that you will need to go through a wide range of changes with your child helping that child to adjust.

Living arrangements are often complex after divorce. Under the state’s laws, parents who obtain joint custody of the child will be unable to move outside of 100 miles away. To do so, you would need to obtain an order from the court. In some situations, your initial divorce documents and custody orders will provide some level of provision or will specify the steps you’ll need to take. However, it is up to you to ensure your follow the instructions provided to you in these orders.

In some situations, a mother who has custody of a child, or joint custody of a child, may decide to move beyond that 100 miles. When this happens, fathers may wonder what their options are for fighting for their visitation rights. In this situation, the court will listen to all details in the case and then establish what the rules are for the child and the father in terms of visitation. Decisions like this nearly always come down to what is in the best interest of the child. Michigan divorce law believes that a child should be with both parents when possible, depending on the circumstances.

If you are facing concerns about your right to see your child, it is important that you work with an area attorney to help you. It may not take much time to establish some goals and to work towards ensuring that your visitation and custody rights under Michigan laws are protected. Keep in mind that every situation is very different, but the court will hear all sides of the story before making any decision.



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