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child’s age or other factors, there may come a time to re-evaluate and modify a child custody arrangement that’s become outdated and no longer workable.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.
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:
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.
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, please call our Southfield, MI office at 248-357-3550 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys are proud to have served clients throughout Oakland, Wayne, Macomb Counties for more than 70 years.
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