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Divorce is a time filled with uncertainty and sadness. When children are involved, one of the biggest things to take care of throughout the process is child custody issues. It is essential to remember that a child's best interest should be in focus when setting arrangements of child custody. Even though it is vital for both parents to keep a strong relationship with the children, it is essential for children to have stability after a legal separation or divorce.
Even though divorce is extremely difficult, especially for the involved children, it is simpler for everyone when a couple is able to agree on assigned child custody. The ideal situation consists of both parents sharing custody of the children. This is not always possible since schedules may conflict or parents cannot come to a satisfactory agreement. If parents cannot set a decent arrangement for child custody that is good for everyone, the courts will be forced to get involved. Bringing a family law judge into the mix will help to determine an adequate child custody agreement. The judge's biggest goal is to protect the best interest of all minors. An experienced Michigan family lawyer is needed so that the court and all friends of the court are presented with information that will determine a fair decision concerning custody time.
There are four different forms of custody arrangements:
Joint Physical Custody — This arrangement means the children live with both parents, yet the time the children are at each of the parents' homes is or is not the same.
Sole Physical Custody — This arrangement means the child lies with one parent, but the other parent is usually given rights for visitation.
Joint Legal Custody — This arrangement gives both parents the right to make legal decisions for the children.
Sole Legal Custody — This arrangement gives one parent the right to make legal choices for the children.
In the event that the parents deem the original custody agreement to no longer meet the needs of the children, either the father or mother can go back to court to reopen the custody case and ask for a modification order. Going this route, the parent will gain protection for themselves and all children involved along with the relationship between parents.
It is essential to hire an experienced attorney for representation throughout this legal process. When a client enters the Clark Law Office, our professional team will take the time to explain all rights, explain the best avenue to pursue, and aid in preparation of a solid case to convince the judge that the children should remain in their custody. After the hearing starts, our lawyers will tend to all of our client's parental rights.
The Clark Law Office gets extreme pleasure at utilizing their skills and knowledge to help you maintain a healthy relationship with your children.
Give a the Clark Law Office a call today at 517-347-6900 and talk with a professional that understands what a stressful time this can be.