Custody issues usually arise within the context of an original action for divorce, support or paternity. You want an experienced and aggressive Michigan family law lawyer fighting for you. Witness testimony and other evidence are critical in preparing the best case possible to protect your custody rights.
Under the Child Custody Act, the court may award custody to one or more of the parties involved (usually parents), or to third persons and make orders to provide for the child’s support and for reasonable parenting or grand parenting time.
Additionally, the court may modify or amend its judgments or orders until the child attains the age of 18 (19 1/2 if specific statutory requirements are met and the child is attending high school full time), use a guardian ad litem or the community resources in the behavioral sciences and other professions in the investigation and study of the custody dispute and consider their recommendations for the resolution of the dispute, and take any other action necessary.
This is important for persons with children to understand, because child custody can be an issue that changes not only during a divorce, but may change over time. Regardless, the child custody laws provide that, in all cases, the best interest of the child is the controlling consideration in custody disputes. Initially, courts will consider that it is in the best interests of a child to have a relationship with both parents. However, that is not always the case.