When parents cannot agree on issues involving minor children, a petition can be filed with a court having proper jurisdiction to determine custody, parenting time, and support obligations. This can be filed when the parents first separate, or after a court has already made a custody determination in your case under specific circumstances. Michigan uses twelve factors, called the best interest factors, to determine what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the minor children involved. Based upon these factors, the court will determine both legal and physical custody of the minor children and whether the parties will share joint custody or whether sole custody is appropriate under the circumstances. Legal custody determines who is responsible for making important life decisions for the children, including health care, education, and child care; while physical custody refers to where the minor children will reside. After custody is determined, the court must determine what parenting time schedule the parties will abide by and the necessary support obligations of the parties. The issues that arise in child custody disputes are highly complex and require specific legal expertise to ensure your rights are adequately protected. Call 810-227-7777 to schedule your free consultation today.
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