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Keeping the peace during the holiday season

Even though winter does not technically begin for another month, Michigan has already received cold winds, precipitation and other signs of the coming season. Although few people enjoy dealing with the hard winters that this region has come to know, many look forward to the celebrations and holidays that occur in the winter months of the year. In fact, the holiday season begins soon as families throughout the nation come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

What are the "best interests of a child"?

It is a difficult task to determine where a child should live and who may care for that child when the child's parents go through a divorce. In Michigan, courts may evaluate a number of different factors to decide how to serve a child's "best interests" when questions of custody are at hand.

Understanding legal child custody in Michigan

Being a parent is hard. A parent is expected and required to provide their child with their basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing. They must also give their child intangible love, care, and support to help them grow both emotionally and physically. Accomplishing this with the help of a spouse or committed co-parent can be difficult, and doing it after divorce can be even more challenging.

A review of physical child custody in Michigan

Like most others states throughout the country, Michigan has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act. This gives some standardization to child custody processes and determinations throughout the nation, but as with all legal matters it is important that individuals seek their own legal advice when matters of law affect their lives. This post offers no legal advice and should only be read as an introduction to the topic of physical custody for children.

Parallel parenting may be a workable child custody option

Parents in Plymouth going through a divorce may want to make sure their child gets through the process in a healthy matter and continues to thrive post-divorce. If parents are on amicable terms, they could try co-parenting as a means of child custody. Through co-parenting, parents will generally keep the same rules and routines in both of their households and will often attend special events, such as holidays and other celebrations together with their child.

Nesting may be a viable child custody option for some

When parents in Plymouth divorce, they may be concerned about how their children will be affected by the split. Children are resilient but having to adjust to moving from one household to the other for shared custody periods can be stressful. Some parents choose to try to alleviate this stress through a unique child custody arrangement known as nesting.

Shared parenting in your child custody arrangement

When immersed in a co-parenting situation while raising your child, there can be many topics that may come up for discussion. When custody is determined it's wise to figure out not only the legal ramifications of the custody arrangement, but the duties, responsibilities and expectations of each parent when raising the child from separate households. Sometimes the terms joint custody and shared custody are used in place of each other.

What are the 2 kinds of joint custody in Michigan?

Child custody is a major issue for Michigan parents who are ending their relationship. While it can be contentious, there are times when it can also be amicable. It is easy to say that many cases will end up somewhere in between, but they are all different, and parents -- regardless of their situation -- should be aware of how joint custody is handled and what the two kinds of joint custody are.

With child custody, when must a judge grant approval to relocate?

With Michigan child custody cases one problem that can come up is if the custodial parent wants to relocate with the child. The custodial parent can move to another location with the child should he or she choose to do so, but there are two exceptions to that rule. Understanding how to handle these complex situations is integral to resolving them.

What should I know about seasonal parenting plans in Michigan?

When a Michigan couple parts ways and has children, one of the most common issues for dispute is how the parental rights and parenting time will be allocated. The state has certain criteria that it uses to determine how this is handled. Parents often have different ideas as to what they prefer. A common period in which there are disagreements is when the children are off from school. The Michigan Parenting Time Guideline can be useful to help the parents come to a consensus in the best interests of the child and do so while trying to avoid acrimony.

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