When parents in Michigan separate, one of the primary concerns is often who will have custody of the children. There are many factors that can affect this, but often one parent will receive primary custody while the other will have visitation rights. The courts aim to ensure that both parents are able to be a part of their child?s life. However, it may be the case that the child ends up spending more time with the custodial parent.
This is the case in most states and can often lead to dissatisfaction and even distress for the non-custodial parent in such situations. Of course, the best interests of the child have to come first, so it is important to consider whether they would benefit more from spending a more equal amount of time with each parent. However, two states have already begun to encourage shared parenting in the event of a divorce.
Michigan is now considering joining these states in an attempt to improve custody decisions for the children they affect. Being denied access to one of their parents can be deeply upsetting for a child and may diminish the bond they have with that parent in the long-run. While it can be difficult to reach an equal parenting arrangement that fits around the schedules of each parent, it is often worth the effort.
If you are involved in a child custody dispute and are worried about the outcome, you might benefit from the advice and support of an attorney. He or she can evaluate your circumstances and might be able to help you secure a custody agreement that is fair and favorable for both you and your child.
Source: The Detroit News, "Franklin: Shared parenting should be the default," Robert Franklin, May 18, 2015