Child Custody Lawyer in Michigan Serving Monroe County and Downriver Detroit

CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY located in Downtown, Monroe, Michigan


Divorce on it’s own can be one of the most traumatic events in ones life. When there are children involved that trauma can be just as hard on them. Let Bruce Law help ease the pain of divorce for you and your children by fighting for you and your children for a fair and just custody arrangement. A fair custody arrangement is one way of lessening the impact on your family. An experienced child custody lawyer is needed to secure your rights and give you children the best custody arrangement.

What are the types of Child Custody?

There are two types of Child Custody. The Court will use the “Best Interest” factors when decinging custody issues.

Legal Custody of the Minor Child

Legal Custody is the right to make major decisions that your child faces.

Physical Custody of the Minor Child

Physical Custody is the right to make day to day decisions involved in your child’s life.

Child Custody Laws in Michigan, the “Best Interst” Factors, and How the Court Decides a Custody Order

Child custody can be the most emotional issue in a divorce and can easily be the most complicated issue for the court to decide. That is why you need child custody attorney fighting for you.

When the court decides child custody matters the court must decide two types of custody; legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the ability of a parent to make important decisions for the child and physical custody that refers to the parent that makes the day to day, routine decisions affecting the child.

In deciding what party receives custody the court looks to what is in the best interest of the child. In the State of Michigan the Courts defines the best interest factors in the Child Custody Act MCL 722.23 “Best interests of the child” and is defined.

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As used in this act, “best interests of the child” means the sum total of the following factors to be considered, evaluated, and determined by the court:

(a) The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child.

(b) 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.

(c) 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.

(d) The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity.

(e) The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes.

(f) The moral fitness of the parties involved.

(g) The mental and physical health of the parties involved.

(h) The home, school, and community record of the child.

(i) The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference.

(j) 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.

(k) Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child.

(l) Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.

The Judge after hearing the evidence presented on these factors will make a custody determination. The court can award custody to one party or can award joint custody in which case the parties make decisions regarding their children together.  If the parties cannot agree a motion must be filed and the court will make a determination. You need an experienced child custody attorney to ensure you get the best custodial arrangement.

Parenting Time and a Parenting Time Schedule

Parenting time is the schedule the minor children follow on a weekly basis.  If the parties get a long and ane in agreement it can be left to the parties.  If the parties need a specific parenting time the parties will get a day by day schedule that outlines the specifc times the minor children are with each parent.

Child support is also determined in part by how many over nights each party receives in the parenting time order.

Free Consultation with an expert Child Custody Lawyer in Michigan

Bruce Law Firm offers a free initial consultatin to discuss your child custody matter.  Each case is differant and requires a unique approach. Call today to talk to a custody attorney today.  We offer phone, office and video appointments.