During a divorce, difficult and challenging decisions have to be made. One of the most difficult decisions is that of child custody. As a Brighton child custody attorney, I am often asked what happens when parents cannot agree on who should have or get custody of minor children. The simple answer is the court will generally make this decision – however, child custody questions taken to court mean the judge will use the "best interests of the child" in making a final determination.
In many cases, child support can be an issue. Whether it is a case of the other parent not paying court ordered child support, or if child support needs to be established, we can handle these issues. Child support payments are determined pursuant to the Michigan Child Support Guideline. The formula includes looking at both parties income, the amount of parenting time each parent has, as well as income tax exemptions and insurance payments.
Whether you intend to dissolve your marriage in a cooperative manner or are forced to deal with a messy courtroom battle, there's no way around it -- divorce is going to be painful. However, with the right attorney by your side, you can keep stress to a minimum and pursue a fresh start.
Once the physical custody of children has been established during a divorce, the parents should attempt to work together to arrange specific visitation and parenting time schedules. This is not always the easiest thing to work out between work schedules, school vacation times and holidays. In Michigan, when you meet with a Brighton parenting time attorney, you'll be asked numerous questions regarding co-parenting.