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What is required to obtain a child custody order modification in Michigan?

When child custody agreements are either reached by a couple during divorce proceedings or issued by a judge during the process, the idea is that the order represents the best situation for the children at that time. Circumstances can change, though, and divorced parents can end up in situations where it makes sense to seek a modification of their existing child custody order.

Shared parenting and the “friendly parent” concept

In our last post, we spoke briefly about the issue of shared parenting or joint custody, and the potential benefits to children of these arrangements. One point we’ve noted about Michigan law is that it does not explicitly encourage shared parenting, even though studies have clearly shown how children can benefit. This is seen the fact that state law does not explicitly provide for the possibility of shared parenting on a temporary order, though it may still be available in some situations, and in the fact that there is no preference expressed for shared parenting in final custody orders.

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