Michigan child custody cases can be stressful for both parties involved in the dispute, as well as the children. Very young children may not be as deeply affected, but every child is different. With that in mind, you'll want to reach out to a good attorney to help you make sure you're doing what's best for your children no matter the arguments you're having over custody. At The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh, our attorneys can help you make the best choices. We can also advise you of your rights and explain the laws to you as they relate to your case.
There are two types of custody. One is shared between the parents, and the other belongs solely to one parent. Which type of custody was or will be awarded depends on numerous factors, including the ability of either parent to care for the child. It's important to remember that caring for the child is more than just putting food on the table and having a home to live in. These things are both very important, but love and affection also matters. The bond the parent has with the child is part of the consideration of who gets custody.
For older children, the child's preferences also play a role. However, the judge will make the final decision. If you're seeking joint custody of your children or you want sole custody, you need a good lawyer to explore those options with you. If there are reasons why you may not be able to qualify for the custody arrangement you want, you should know what those are. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to make some changes so that you can get custody (or at least joint custody), even if you were not ruled eligible in the past. The only way to know for sure is to work with an attorney who knows the laws.
By hiring a Michigan family law attorney, you'll be taking the first step toward settling the dispute over child custody. That's true whether you're in the middle of a divorce and trying to settle the issue, or whether you've been divorced for some time and you want to make changes to the current arrangement. Because custody laws can be complex and many factors are considered, you want good representation on your side. You can get a free consultation with us by calling 248.356.0600 and speaking with one of our attorneys today.
The sooner you get started the faster you can find out what you can do about the child custody arrangements you have or the arrangements you want. Some custody battles can turn very bitter, and can drag out for a long time. That's best avoided, but it's not always possible to agree amicably with the child's other parent. Additionally, there can be problems with child support, or the way one parent is raising the child. If you have concerns, working with a lawyer is the best way to have those concerns addressed properly.
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