Parents who divorce or split up will often share joint and/or physical custody of their children. This is because it is often in a child's best interests to have a relationship with both parents. As such, many Michigan parents will have to make child-related decisions cooperatively.
Reaching a decision on child custody is no small achievement, whether that decision is the result of mediation or litigation. However, it is only the first step of raising a child with but separately from another parent. After this decision comes the process of putting that plan into place and adjusting to the changes that come with it.
Summer is nearly here, and that means kids will soon be out of school and families may be gearing up for vacations.
If you're considering of involved in a divorce with kids, you may be dreading the prospect of sharing parenting responsibilities with your ex. Even if you're able to work well together as co-parents, you will still be disrupting your children's lives to a great extent simply because you will be moving into separate households. Now, your kids will have to pack their bags and move every week or so in order to spend time with the other parent.
The state of Utah just passed a first-of-its-kind law formally legalizing so-called "free range parenting." This is a parenting theory espousing the idea that kids should be allowed to spend a great deal of time away from their parents and interacting with the world.
Football is a way of life for many families in Michigan. However, there is growing evidence that repeated concussions can cause serious brain injuries, and that such injuries may be more severe among those who begin playing tackle football before age 12. Even for those who begin playing as teenagers, multiple concussions may cause lifelong damage to the brain.
In most cases, Michigan law officially favors child custody and parenting arrangements that promote a strong bond with both parents. That doesn't mean that every child custody and parenting order will split the child's time 50/50 between the parents, as there are often other factors to take into consideration. Still, children are generally better off spending lots of time with each parent.
In most divorce cases in Michigan, both parents want what is best for their children. However, joint child custody is not necessarily perfect for every situation, and the parent who ends up being the non-custodial parent may want to make sure he or she remains a part of the child's life. For this reason, it is important for that parent to make sure the divorce settlement agreement specifies his or her rights as the non-custodial parent rather than having only vague references to it.
Many Michigan parents are facing their first upcoming holiday seasons since they divorced. Some are worried that child custody problems may impede their abilities to enjoy the holidays with their families. Even in situations where parents have existing court orders regarding agreed-upon parenting arrangements, if certain parties refuse to adhere to such orders, it can turn happily planned holidays into nightmarish events.
Many people in Michigan have been reaching out to help those whose lives were devastated by recent hurricanes in other states. One particular situation that was especially tragic involved a toddler whose mother did not survive the flood waters in their area. A child custody battle has arisen in that state in the aftermath of the storms.