Child Custody & Parenting Time in Michigan

Helping You Do What Is Best for Your Child

Child custody and parenting time issues are the same for parties that are married and for parties that are not married, and they sometimes are the most emotional and difficult issues to resolve.

Our attorneys are experienced in these matters and will work with you to obtain a child custody and parenting time order that is consistent with your child’s best interest.

Serving counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, Genesee, Lapeer, and St. Clair.
Consultations are available in-person and by phone.​

Legal Custody & the "Best Interests of the Child"

Legal custody can be sole or joint and gives one or both parents the right to make decisions for the child regarding education, health care, religion and the child’s general welfare.

In most cases the parties, on their own or with the help of their attorneys, are able to come to an agreement on the issue of custody.

If the parties cannot agree, the court will intervene and make a decision based on the “best interests of the child." The sum total of the following factors is to be considered in deciding what is in the child’s best interest:
  • The love, affection and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child;
  • The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to give the child love, affection, and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child in his or her religion or creed, if any;
  • The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs;
  • The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  • The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes;
  • The moral fitness of the parties involved;
  • The mental and physical health of the parties involved;
  • The home, school, and community record of the child;
  • The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference;
  • The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents;
  • Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child; and
  • Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.

Physical Custody & Parenting Time

Physical custody defines where the child lives on a day to day basis and is a separate issue from legal custody.

The specific times a child spends with each parent are usually set forth in a parenting time schedule. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating parenting time arrangements that are agreeable to both parties and in the best interests of the child.

Can child custody or parenting time schedules be modified?

The court always retains jurisdiction over child custody and parenting time to modify its previous judgments or orders upon a showing of proper cause or a change in circumstances, if such a modification is in the child’s best interests.

By calling our child custody lawyers located in Birmingham, MI today at (248) 440-7495, you take the first step toward ensuring your child's best interests are upheld.


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