Divorcing parents have many worries and concerns. These may be especially pronounced when it comes to child custody issues. As commendable as it is for Michigan laws to consider the best interests of the child, this somewhat vague term can include various factors, any of which can greatly influence the outcome of a case.
While Halloween may not be a major holiday on everyone's calendar in Michigan, it is often an event that involves many family traditions. Choosing or making a costume, attending parties and going trick or treating are events parents often relish as much as children. For divorced parents who have not included Halloween on their child custody calendars, negotiating parenting time may be in order.
Many Michigan parents discover how compatible their parenting styles are only after they have begun to raise their children. If the parents are able to adapt and compromise, the level of stress while raising children may be significantly lower than within those families where parents struggle for control of child-rearing. When parents find themselves in the midst of a divorce and child custody issues, that opposition in parenting may cause stress, both for them and, more significantly, for the children.
Some Michigan parents are eagerly anticipating the upcoming vote on a new bill designed to level the field for divorcing parents. Currently, family law courts are bound to 45-year-old statute requiring parents to battle for shares of child custody. The bill is slated for vote sometime this fall, and if it passes, courts will be encouraged to presume equal custody for both parents whenever possible.
If a Michigan parent was disorganized before a divorce, finding that sense of organization will be crucial after the divorce, especially if the couple has children. When school is out, child custody arrangements may drastically change. When it comes to scheduling vacations, last minute decisions may not go over well.
It seems as though former congressman Anthony Weiner can't catch a break. After his public disgrace when the press revealed that he had carried on cyber affairs with several women, he was then accused of texting lewd messages to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner's wife, U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton aid Huma Abedin, has filed for divorce months after her husband's scandal broke. Many in Michigan may be wondering how Weiner's actions will affect his chances for child custody.
It is likely that you have spent recent years attending to the needs of your children. This may have involved a combination of working hard to provide the necessities of life and happily spending time nurturing and teaching your little ones. The bond between a parent and child can be strong. This is why the child custody battle you are entering may be stirring emotions you have never felt.
Sometimes, a judge must make a difficult decision in family court. This may be especially true in child custody cases when the court must determine what situation will be in a child's best interests. While every family in Michigan and across the country is unique, some families have circumstances for which there is little precedent. In those cases, the parents will likely need strong advocates to represent their interests before the court.
A recent university study may give hope to fathers in Michigan who long for more time with their children after a divorce. While commonly accepted research indicates that children benefit from equal time with mothers and fathers, child custody is typically granted to mothers of infants and toddlers. However, the latest study shows that infants also reap the benefits of more time with dad.
A lot of people experience immense relief when their divorce is final. All the paperwork, property inventories, negotiation, legal wrangling and such is finally over. Now you can move on into the bright, fresh day and start having fun with your kids. Right?