Child custody lawyers navigate clients through a very difficult and complicated legal framework when custody and parenting time issues are at stake. We believe that the most successful client is as informed as possible while relying on their attorney to guide them through the process. As custody attorneys it is important to understand each individual case in great detail. To do that, we need to get to know you and your case. We are experienced and aggressive custody attorneys that know how to focus on the best interests of your children.
Michigan law provides for legal custody and physical custody, two different kinds of custody that are maintained at the same time.
Legal custody refers to the right to participate in important decisions which can affect the welfare of a child (ie: medical decisions, educational decisions, religious decisions). Most judges and Michigan law in general prefer joint legal custody. But in limited situations joint legal custody is not appropriate.
Physical custody refers to where the child will physically reside on a day-to-day basis. The parties can share physical custody or one party may be primarily responsible for the physical care of the child. If one party has physical custody then parenting time becomes an important issue. Parenting time should be arranged so as to promote a close and continuing relationship between the child and both parents.
If a child custody order is already in place and you want to change that order, you will need to determine if there has been a change in circumstances or proper cause in your case. In every case we will need to evaluate what the established custodial environment is for the child. And finally, every case will need to evaluate the best interests of the child with the best interests factors.
Child support is now calculated based on the number of overnights per year spent with the non-custodial parent. The less overnights per year, the more child support is paid. This, along with income and tax deductions is used in determining child support. Child support is based on the Michigan child support formula, a complex formula.
If you are currently negotiating child custody, support or visitation (also called parenting time), it is essential that you have an aggressive and experienced child custody attorney representing you and working for the best interests of your child. You can read on the internet for hours about child custody and parenting time, but nothing will replace the practical and successful experience of the experienced and aggressive attorneys of the Doak Law Firm, Jodi Doak and Timothy Arner.
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Doak Law Firm, PC
219 East Main Street suite 1
Boyne City, MI 49712
Phone: (231) 582-0712
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