For over 10 years we have been writing articles on Michigan child custody and in this blog post we reflect back on over 70 articles and videos on this important topic on Michigan divorce and custody law.
Child Custody Videos
In Michigan, Child custody refers to the legal and practical arrangement regarding the care, control, and decision-making authority for a child or children when their parents are separated or divorced. It determines where the child will live and how major decisions about the child’s upbringing will be made.
In Michigan, Child Custody arrangements can vary depending on the laws of the specific jurisdiction and the unique circumstances of the family. However, there are generally two main types of custody:
- Physical Custody: This refers to where the child will physically reside on a day-to-day basis. It determines the child’s primary residence and addresses issues such as visitation rights for the noncustodial parent. Physical custody can be sole (where one parent has the child the majority of the time) or joint/shared (where the child spends significant time with both parents). However, the phrase “Physical Custody” is not used too often anymore. Rather, the primary custodial parents (Physical Custodian) is now implied from the parenting time award.
- Legal Custody: This refers to the right and responsibility to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, including matters related to education, healthcare, religion, and other important aspects of the child’s life. Legal custody can be sole (where one parent has the authority to make decisions) or joint/shared (where both parents have equal decision-making rights).
In the majority of cases, a combination of parenting time and legal custody arrangements are established with a specific parenting time schedule and an award of joint custody. For example, one parent may have the majority of parenting time (sole physical custody) while both parents share joint legal custody. Alternatively, both physical and legal custody can be shared jointly by both parents in circumstances where the parents have equal parenting time.
Michigan Child custody decisions are based on the best interests of the child. Factors considered when determining custody arrangements include the child’s age, health, and special needs, the parents’ ability to provide a stable and nurturing environment, the child’s relationship with each parent, and any history of domestic violence or substance abuse.
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