There is a three step process to change legal custody. First, a showing of proper cause or change of circumstances since the entry of the last order. Second, the established custodial environment determines the burden of proof and; Third a best interest of the child analysis.
In Michigan, a custodial parent is the the parent with whom a child spends the majority of overnights with during the course of a year. This definition is similar to that used by the Internal Revenue Service when determining dependent status for tax purposes.
The phrase custodial parent is not defined in Michigan divorce or custody law. However, the term has evolved to mean the parent that is awarded the majority of parenting time in a specific Michigan divorce or custody case. Michigan statutes and case law have defined two types of custody in Michigan. Legal custody and physical[…]
Physical custody in Michigan: By: Daniel Findling Physical custody in Michigan explained. Unlike legal custody, which awards a parent with access to the educational, medical, religious and other pertinent records of the child. Physical custody in Michigan is not easily defined. The problem with defining Physical custody in Michigan arises from the current child custody[…]
Michigan legal custody – What to do when you cannot agree? By: Daniel Findling Most divorce cases end with both parents being awarded joint legal custody. “Joint legal custody” means both parents are entitled to equal access and input to the educational, medical, religious needs of the child. With joint legal custody parents must jointly[…]