One of the most emotional and complex areas of family law is the issue of legal custody. These issues may involve religious upbringing, education decisions, and healthcare choices. A court may award both parents joint legal custody or one parent sole legal custody. The basis for determining legal custody is “the best interests of the child.” The best interests of the child standard is important because it is used by the family courts to determine if a Michigan child custody agreement is fair to the child, not just to the parents.
Parents are encouraged to reach their own agreement regarding legal custody. At Faupel Musser Love, P.C., we are experienced at negotiating, drafting, and reviewing Michigan child custody agreements using the best interests of the child standard as well as factoring in both sides’ desires and demands.
If parents are unable to reach an agreement, the judge must decide custody by considering all of the best interest factors in the Michigan Child Custody Act. The Michigan best interest factors are as follows and apply whether parents are married or not:
Child custody orders are modifiable. The court will consider the time the child has lived in a stable custodial environment and what is in the best interests of the child.
Our attorneys are here to help you with all the aspects surrounding a child custody matter. If you need to amend a child custody agreement, we also handle post-judgment modifications, even if we did not handle your initial divorce. When it comes to child custody issues, our family law team is well regarded in the community. To learn more about our experience, please see our articles, which address the issues in a divorce, child custody, and other family law issues.
To learn more about child custody and the best interests of the child standard used by the firm and the Michigan courts, please see our FAQs. We take pride in staying abreast of family law issues and helping change the law by bringing new ideas to the courts that can help families with unique situations.
Faupel Musser Love in Ann Arbor, Michigan is ready to discuss your legal issue, please call one of our skilled attorneys at (734) 677-0776 or contact Faupel Musser Love online or via e-mail.