There's a lot riding on your child custody hearing. You naturally hope that the judge will see things your way and put an end to all of the conflict you've been going through over the last few months (or years).
At times, getting a child support case settled is only half the battle. Sometimes the parent who's ordered to pay support doesn't do so in full and on time.
August is now Child Support Month in Michigan, thanks to the declaration by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Just about anybody can make a mistake that lands them in prison. In fact, some people end up behind bars through no fault of their own.
According to conventional wisdom, a Michigan father "did everything right" in his custody battle with an unstable ex-wife. Yet, he was the one who ended up getting supervised visitation until he finally -- out of desperation -- agreed to shared custody.
When you're a divorced parent, three-fourths of the year you probably fall into a predictable routine where your custody and visitation schedule is concerned.
One of the biggest concerns divorcing parents have is how to maintain their relationships with their children once the divorce is over -- especially if there's a conflict with the other parent. Technology can make a world of difference.
Every year, more than 200,000 children are abducted by a family member. Usually, the abductor is the non-custodial parent. However, grandparents and other relatives can also be involved.
Child custody and support are two elements of getting divorced that plague both parents. Sometimes, the children might accept the split and the resulting custody arrangements while continuing to thrive. Other times, kids of divorce do not handle the new situation very well at all and may display depression or acting-out behaviors.
It is rarely easy to transition from raising your child with their other parent to raising the child separately and sharing custody time. Parents who want the best for their child may still treat the other parent unfairly, either out of ignorance or plain resentment. While this type of bad behavior may seem understandable, it is still unacceptable, especially if the behavior of one parent takes away from the court ordered time that the other parent spends with their child or undermines the parent-child relationship.