Michigan Child Custody Lawyer
Aggressive Legal Advocacy For Michigan Custody Issues
Child custody issues are sensitive, critical aspects of family law practice, and decisions made in that process will have a significant impact on your children and your parenting role.
In Michigan, courts must consider the best interests of the child when hearing child custody matters. This standard requires the court to consider, evaluate, and weigh the sum total of various factors.
Child custody issues in Michigan require the knowledgeable, dedicated, and responsive representation that the Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC provides.
We Are Dedicated At Resolving Complex Custody Disputes
Our office handles child custody matters in connection with divorce cases, paternity actions, and post judgment motions. We have a successful track record in settling and litigating complex, high-conflict custody and parenting time matters.
We strive for favorable outcomes for our clients, prioritizing your children's needs and interests.
Understanding Michigan Custody Law
Under Michigan law, the court considers the following “best interest factors” when determining custody:
- 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. A court may not consider negatively for the purposes of this factor any reasonable action taken by a parent to protect a child or that parent from sexual assault or domestic violence by the child’s other parent.
- Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child.
- Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.