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Joint custody in Michigan

Among the challenges divorce can present to couples is the working out of child custody disagreements. Although some couples are able to keep the best interests of their children separate from their own personal issues, many couples are not. In such cases, couples end up seeking to minimize their spouse’s involvement in the lives of the children.

It is well known, of course, that children do best when both parents continue to maintain a substantial presence in their lives after divorce. Ideally, parents would be able to work out their differences and work out a shared parenting or joint custody arrangement. When done well, such an arrangement ensures that both parents are able to continue their work as parents even after divorce. 

Here in Michigan, unfortunately, joint custody is not actively encouraged by the legal system. Often, joint custody is only considered upon request by either parent, though judges can consider it without a parent’s request. If both parents agree to joint custody, the judge is required to order it unless doing so would not be in the best interests of the child.

In determining whether joint custody is appropriate, there are a variety of factors judges consider, but the primary consideration is whether joint custody is in the best interests of the child. This determination is rather fluid, and judges have a good deal of discretion in determining best interests. It is important for parents to make sure that they are well-represented in these determinations, and this is why it is important to work with an experienced attorney

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