Child custody issues are usually settled in a Michigan court of law by applying "best interest of the child" standard. Many issues are put to this test when deciding child custody issues, including the child's educational needs as well as religious and medical needs. The attorneys at Garton & Vogt, P.C., have more than two decades of experience with family law cases including child custody issues.
Child custody issues have a variety of subissues for legal determination in the court of law. In most cases when a child is born to wedded parents, child custody issues are determined after a separation or divorce. However, most cases today find parents seeking joint custody of their children. Cases of joint custody usually see the amount of parenting time for each parent become the major bone of contention.
For children born out of wedlock, child custody issues may become even more complicated. The majority of such cases are usually decided in favor of the unwed mother. However, fathers' rights advocates have been championing the need for fathers to spend more time with their biological children. The courts usually look at each case separately and give due consideration for their unique set of merits.
The attorneys at our law firm may be able to help clients defend their cases effectively by presenting the required evidence in the form of school records, employer's recommendations or even character witnesses.
In some rare cases, the biological parents may be deemed unfit for child custody. Allegations of drug abuse, child abuse and other factors may render a parent unfit for raising a child, as determined by the court. Relatives of minor children, especially grandparents, may often be granted custody of the children if the family court judge judges the grandparents more fit to parent. We can help to explain third-party custody cases as well.