Our Skilled Attorneys Assist with Modifications Of Child Custody
Divorced parents and their children may undergo significant life changes in the months and years after a court issues an order on child custody. Whether due to employment, relocation, your child’s age or other factors, there may come a time to re-evaluate and modify a child custody arrangement that’s become outdated and no longer workable. You may think that making slight adjustments to the divorce decree is a minor issue, but there can be serious legal consequences for violating the court’s order.
Our attorneys at Benson & Associates can help with modifications of child custody, ensuring you stay in compliance with legal requirements. Under Michigan law, there is an official process for making changes, which can be complex at times. We’ve represented parents on both sides of child custody issue, so have the knowledge and experience to protect your interests and those of your child.
Complex Issues Arise In A Modification Of Child Custody Matter
There are multiple issues and parties to consider when addressing a potential change of child custody: You have legal responsibilities, your child’s other parent has rights, and a Michigan court must approve any change to custody. The paramount consideration is the child’s best interests, which include:
- The relationship and emotional ties between the parents and the child
- The ability of the parties to offer love and guidance, and to maintain child-rearing standards regarding education and religion
- The ability of the parents to provide food, clothing, medical care, and other necessities
- Continuity with respect to the stability the child has experienced
- Permanence regarding the existing and proposed residence
- Moral fitness of the parents
- Mental and physical well-being of all parties
- The preference of the child, where doing so is age-appropriate
- Other factors as designated by law or as the judge decides are appropriate
Even where parents can agree on a modification of custody, it’s necessary to go through the proper proceedings for approval by the court. Where compromise isn’t possible, a judge will make a determination after a hearing. In addition to the best interests standard and other Michigan divorce statutes, there are procedural rules and legal precedents involved. Only a qualified lawyer has the proper education, experience, and knowledge to protect your interests.
Retain An Experienced Divorce Lawyer For Modifications Of Child Custody
Life can change overnight or over many years, but you can’t risk the legal consequences if you don’t properly navigate the modification of child custody under Michigan law. The knowledgeable lawyers at Benson & Associates are here to serve your legal needs when it comes time to make changes to your custody arrangement. We seek to assist you in coming to an agreement with your child’s other parent, but we’re ready to take the matter to court if necessary to protect your rights.
For more information on modifications of child custody or for any other family law matter including divorce or child support, please call our Southfield office at 248-357-3550 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.