Many people think that Michigan family courts always favor the mother in a divorce and child custody situation. That is not necessarily true. The law is gender neutral. Each party has to prove their own case for custody and the court looks at a number of statutory factors that we can discuss with you in detail.

It's important to have an experienced and skilled family law attorney prepare your child custody case for the court. The judge will make decisions based upon what they determine is in the best interest of the child. Careful preparation will allow the judge to see that what you want is in your childs best interest.

There is a lot of work to be done and the family law attorneys at Coppins Law Group, PLLC, want to get started. The earlier we begin working for you, the more effective we can be. Call 800-452-1761 to schedule a free initial consultation with a family law attorney you can trust to put your needs first in child custody cases.

Our office in Mount Clemens, MI is conveniently located to serve our clients statewide.

The Initial Child Custody Decision

After you file your divorce paperwork, there is a 180-day waiting period [this can be waived under certain circumstances]. A temporary child custody/parenting time order (Interim Order) will specify with whom the child will live until the final child custody agreement is negotiated or decreed by the judge.

Your Coppins Law Group family lawyer will work with you to gather evidence in support of your child custody request. When helpful, we work with child specialists to present a case that casts the best light on the 13 factors the judge will consider. These include, but are not limited to:

The emotional bond the child has with the parent and the willingness of the parent to encourage a close, continuing parent-child relationship with the other parent

The capacity of the parent to give the child love and guidance and to provide for the child's educational and religious upbringing

The capacity of the parent to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care and other material needs

The stability of the child's current living arrangement and the desirability of maintaining continuity

The moral, mental and physical fitness of the parents

The involvement of the child in home, school and community activities

The preference of the child (for older children)

Modification of an Existing Child Custody Order

When seeking a modification of an existing court order, the court will examine the same elements it reviewed in its initial decision to determine if circumstances have changed. Again, we must prove that the change you are proposing is in the best interest of the child. For example:

  • The child's involvement in sports or after-school activities may mean he or she needs a change of visitation dates.
  • A parent's work schedule may change, requiring a change in custody or parenting time.

Parental Relocation

If you currently share custody of your child and you wish to move more than 100 miles away with your child, you must secure permission from the family court. In relocation cases, the court examines quality of life issues for the child. This can include quality of schools, employment prospects for the custodial parent, and the ability to maintain a close relationship with the other parent.

Parents can also ask the court to deny permission to move a child if the parent feels that it will significantly damage that parent's relationship with the child, or if it can be proven that the other parent is moving the child for spiteful reasons.

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Learn more about how our child custody attorneys can work with you to protect your most important relationship â€" that of a parent and a child. Schedule your free initial consultation with a lawyer at Coppins Law Group, PLLC.