Child Custody

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Protecting Your Time With Your Children

Spending time with your kids is one of the most precious things in life. Much of the anxiety in a divorce centers around it as well. Will you get to see your kids once the divorce is final? How often? What if your ex is not a trustworthy parent? What if they do not abide by the visitation schedule?

At Gentry Nalley, PLLC, we take these concerns seriously. Our goal is not only to do what is in the best interests of your child, but your best interests as well. We will look at unique aspects of your situation, help you come up with a parenting schedule and prepare you for what to expect.

In Howell, family is everything. We get that. That is why we will work so hard on behalf of yours.

What Are The Custody Options In Michigan?

When thinking about what the future of your parenting will look like, there are a few legal terms you should know about.

  • Legal custody vs. physical custody: People often think that custody means whose house the kids live at. This is what is known as “physical custody.” The other element of a custody arrangement is so-called “legal custody,” which means who gets to make legal decisions on the child’s behalf.
  • Sole custody vs. joint custody: This involves whether the above custody is shared or not. Joint custody means that both parents share custody. Sole custody means that only one parent has that responsibility.

In Michigan, courts will generally assume that a joint custody arrangement will serve a child’s best interests. However, other factors come into play. If joint custody would cause obvious problems, whether because of a history of neglect or other reasons, that can affect the outcome.

A Plan That Makes Sense For You

Once custody is determined, we will help you craft a customized parenting plan that fits your schedule and makes sense for your family. This will include where the child will spend holidays, how often the child will see both parents after the divorce and other matters.

Negotiations When Possible, Court When Necessary

Throughout this process, our goal is to conserve your money and emotional energy. Though we mention the courts above, our lawyers often use mediation or settlement negotiations to reach a custody agreement outside the courtroom. These methods can work even when there is tension in your relationship with your ex, and they are often easier and more efficient.

However, if you believe that your ex will negotiate in bad faith, the courtroom is still an option. We will never jeopardize your children, and we will always help you do what is right.

Get The Legal Help Your Family Needs

When dealing with sensitive legal matters like child custody, you want to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected. Skipping steps or striking out on your own can have serious consequences down the road, which we want to help you avoid.

To discuss your family situation, please get in touch. You can reach our legal team by email or by phone: 517-552-4092