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Looking at another case of parental alienation in Michigan

We’ve previously written on this blog about the issue of parental alienation and the damage it can do to children’s relationship with the alienated parent. It’s a difficult issue to deal with, regardless of the other circumstances involved.

House bill proposes joint custody proposal in Michigan

Child custody is among the most important issues parents of minor children have to address in the divorce process. When parents are cooperative and can agree on child custody matters, the process is certainly easier. When they cannot, the process can be quite difficult, and a judge will have to step in and make a decision in the best interests of the child.

Bill to establish presumption of joint custody in MI officially introduced in Legislature

In our last post, we began looking at plans to propose a change to Michigan custody law in favor of a presumption of joint custody. As we’ve pointed out, Michigan currently only presumes that it is in the best interests of children to have a strong, ongoing relationship with both parents after divorce. 

Michigan child custody law and the presumption of joint custody, P.2

In our last post, we looked briefly at how the issue of joint custody is addressed under current Michigan law. As we noted, Michigan law directs judges to presume that it is in the best interests of children to have a strong, continuing relationship with each parent after divorce, but it does not currently include a presumption that joint custody is in the best interests of the child.

Michigan child custody law and the presumption of joint custody, P.1

In any contested child custody case, the primary goal of the court is to come up with custody and parenting time arrangements that are in the best interests of any children. Courts weigh a variety of factors in determining whether proposed arrangements are in the best interests of a child.

Divorced parents: working with experienced legal counsel to address parental alienation

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the issue of how to address child custody and parenting time disagreements that arise after divorce. As we noted last time, enforcement and modification of custody and parenting time orders may be necessary in cases where parents are unable to work out their differences on their own.

Divorce, parenting time, and “giving up” on the kids, P.2

Previously, we began considering the challenges parents can face in managing custody and parenting time after divorce, particularly when the couple has significant political, moral and religious differences relating to how the kids are raised. To be sure, the most substantial of these differences should be addressed in the couple’s custody plan so that couples are clear about their rights and duties with regard to custody and parenting time.

Divorce, parenting time, and “giving up” on the kids, P.1

One of the watchwords of the present moment is: division. There is, all our readers know, serious division right now in this country. This division is being played out not only on the political stage, but also in families. For some couples, political differences can be a serious barrier to remaining together, or even working together for the good of children after divorce.

Update on Michigan judge accused of misconduct in child custody case

We’ve been following on this blog some of the developments that have taken place in the case of a Michigan judge who was involved in a child custody case in which she ordered three children to participate in controversial reunification therapy aimed at addressing parental alienation from their father. That judge, we noted, came under fire for ordering the children to submit to juvenile detention for refusing to participate in parenting time with their father.

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