Joint custody in Michigan – What does it mean?

Joint custody in Michigan – What does it mean?

It seems everyone wants Joint custody in Michigan these days but what does Joint custody in Michigan law really mean?


We find the answer to this question in Michigan Custody Statute, Michigan Compiled Laws Section 722.26(a)(7).

Parenting time or Visitation and Joint Custody in Michigan

Under the statute, Joint custody in Michigan means parents can share parenting time or visitation.  The statute provides that joint custody is an Order of the Court in which a child resides alternately for specific periods of time with each parent.  This definition is remarkably the same as a parenting time or visitation schedule.

Routine decisions and Joint Custody in Michigan

Joint custody in Michigan also means that during the time a child resides with a parent, that parent shall decide all routine matters concerning the child.

Legal Custody and Joint Custody in Michigan

The statute also provides that joint custody in Michigan means “legal custody”.  Specifically, section (7)(b) of the statute provides that Joint legal custody in Michigan means that the parents share decision making authority as to the important decisions affecting the welfare of the child.  Sharing decision making authority regarding the welfare of the child is the legal definition of legal custody.

Child Support and Joint Custody in Michigan

Does joint custody in Michigan eliminate the responsibility for child support?

No.  Section (6) of the statute provides that Joint custody does not eliminate the responsibility for child support.  The primary factors in determining child support are the income of the parties and the number of overnights.

Articles and Resources on Joint Custody in Michigan

Joint Custody in Michigan means a lot of different things depending on the application of Michigan law.

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