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Sole custody and joint custody in Michigan

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2021 | Child Custody |

When Michigan parents are going through a divorce it is often one of the most challenging times of their lives. There are so many decisions to be made and challenges to be sorted out. For parents, one of the biggest areas of concern is child custody. They want to know where the children will live and how the time will be split up between the parents.

What does custody look like in Michigan?

Custody can be either physical custody, where the child receives most of their daily care from one parent or it can be legal custody, where a parent is responsible for most major decisions affecting the child. In Michigan, custody takes two forms, sole custody and joint custody.

Sole custody

According to Michigan Custody Guidelines, sole custody “occurs when primary physical custody and legal custody are given to one parent”. The court may decide to award sole custody if the parents do not appear to cooperate for the child’s best interest. Parenting time may or may not be ordered.

Joint custody

The majority of Michigan child custody cases are resolved with joint custody. Joint custody is both joint physical and joint legal custody. Both parents are responsible for making decisions that affect the child and both parents share time with the child. If the courts agree with the parents that joint custody is the right decision, they will determine when the child stays with each parent.

A legal professional who is skilled in family law can help their client who is going through a divorce. They understand that the decisions that their client makes now will affect them for many years to come. Therefore they will protect their client’s best interests and make sure a custody arrangement is made that it is in the best interests of the child.