Addressing Child Custody Concerns

We are highly adept at finding the balance in child custody arrangements. As a parent, it would serve you best to take your emotions out of the situation. At the same time, you do not want to let the other parent walk all over you. As your advocates, we can obtain fair, reasonable child custody arrangements that protect your rights and the best interests of your children.

For more than 25 years, our Howell and Fowlerville child custody attorneys have sought the best possible outcomes for parents. At Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, we are trial lawyers who do not litigate merely for the sake of litigating. Rather, we weigh the benefits litigation will have for the overall outcome of the children. We would rather see you and the other parent reach a negotiated agreement. After all, you must share the children and communicate for the next 18 years or more.

Child custody will include physical custody and legal custody. Our firm adeptly handles other issues involving child custody, including mothers' and fathers' rights, relocations and parenting time or visitation concerns. To learn more, call us at 517-219-9301 for a free consultation.

What Is Physical Custody?

As dedicated attorneys, we help parents arrive at fair custody arrangements. Physical custody refers to where the children live. There are a set of 12 factors based on state law and used to determine the best interests of the children. Some of the factors include:

  • Love, affection and emotional ties between each parent and child
  • Length of time the child has lived in a stable environment and which parent can continue to provide it
  • Moral fitness of the parents
  • Mental and physical health of the parents
  • Preference of the child, depending on the child's age and maturity level
  • Presence of domestic violence in household
  • Day care costs

What Is Legal Custody?

Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. These decisions involve the health, education and welfare of the kids. In Michigan, joint legal custody is generally awarded unless there is a reason against it.

More Questions? Talk To Us Today

Would you like to speak with an attorney regarding primary custody, joint physical custody, child support or any other issue involving your kids? To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301. You may also contact our firm online. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with weekend and evening hours by appointment.