In a perfect world, divorcing parents would not only agree to do what they feel is in the best interests of the child, but they would also agree on what is in the best interests of the child. Unfortunately, this critical difference is often the most contentious point in any divorce involving children. In most instances, every party, including the courts, want what is best for the child in terms of custody, but parents often argue about which of them would take better care of the child.
Like most states, Michigan law tries to favor joint custody or parenting plans that allow both parents to remain actively involved in the child's life. However, some divorces are simply too bitter to allow both parents to get along in front of the child, and seeing his or her parents argue and fight can sometimes be even more damaging to a child's development than not seeing one parent at all.
In situations like these, we take action to ensure that any parenting plan is not only best for the child but fair to the parents. Even if both parents cannot be actively involved in a child's life, for instance, that does not mean that both parents cannot make decisions about the child's life, such as healthcare options, religious upbringing or educational pursuits.
If possible, parents should consider mediation to determine the parenting plan following a divorce, but sometimes a simple discussion is not enough. In instances where the matter must go to court, parents need the aid of an attorney who can help them prove that they are the best parent to care for a child. That is why we encourage Michigan parents who are going through a divorce to visit our web page.