Troy, Michigan, Child Custody Attorneys
In Michigan, child custody and parenting time laws are established around the children's best interests. Parents' wishes must come second to their children's best interests.
At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder in Troy, Michigan, our firm's attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience practicing in family law. We have seen child custody cases become highly contentious. Our law firm offers experienced legal counsel tempered with sound judgment in pursuit of obtaining amicable solutions in the children's best interests. From our law office in Troy, Michigan, we are committed to representing clients in Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County.
Our law firm's child custody lawyers have an in-depth understanding of Michigan'../PracticeAreas/CustodyParenting-Time.asp">parenting time laws. We will apply our years of experience and legal skills focused on protecting our clients' rights, while addressing their children's best interests. Contact our law firm online or call 877-502-7892 to schedule a consultation with a highly skilled Troy, Michigan, child custody lawyer.
How Is Custody Decided?
One of the biggest misconceptions about child custody is that children may be able to decide where they want to live. Typically, the court will not take into account the child custody preferences of young children. Family law judges may speak to a child if the court determines the child is of sufficient age. The court is not to ask a child for their preference of which parent they wish to live with directly. The court uses its discretion in the questions they ask a child and the preference factor may be taken into consideration, but is only one of many factors the court evaluates. Family law judges are to consider the following factors under Michigan law:
- 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 continuation of the educating and raising of the child in its 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 deems the child to be of sufficient age to express preference
- The willingness and ability of each of the parents to facilitate and encourage close and continuing parent-child relationships between the child and the 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 the particular child custody dispute.
Considering the factors, the best interests of the child are always at the forefront of the court’s decision. Unfortunately, courts do not get to know the parties very well and are required to use rigid rules when making difficult decisions.
Working Together to Establish Child Custody Arrangements
At the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder, our firm'../CM/Custom/Attorneys.asp">family law attorneys encourage parents to work together to establish child custody arrangements, or use other mechanisms in which they are involved, instead of relying on the court to make a determination in a trial setting which is destructive to the ability of parents to work together regarding their children after divorce.
Parents who are willing to cooperate can develop an effective custody arrangement based on their children's best interests. Parenting time is allocated to each parent, while typically, both parents share joint legal custody. This is a guideline that can be adjusted based on the dynamics of a family and the children's best interests. Any custody arrangements parents make will ultimately need court approval.
Contact Our Oakland County Family Law Lawyers
We offer a collaborative approach to establish child custody arrangements based on the children's best interests. To schedule a meeting with one of our experienced family law attorneys, contact our Troy, Michigan, law office online or call 877-502-7892.
We will work with you to help secure your legal rights, while addressing how you can get custody. Our legal team is committed to representing clients in Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County.