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Child Custody Archives

Changing a custody agreement due to substance abuse

An estranged Michigan parent may become concerned that the other parent is abusing drugs or alcohol. If this is happening when a judge is making a decision about custody and visitation, the parent should take these concerns to the custody hearing along with any relevant documentation. This documentation should not just show evidence of the substance abuse but should also demonstrate that it puts the child in danger. The judge may also consider whether there is a history of substance abuse in making a decision about what custody and visitation arrangement will serve the best interests of the child.

Preparing for a child custody dispute

When Michigan parents no longer want to stay together, they will have to decide who will be the primary caregiver of their child. If they cannot amicably come to an agreement, a custody dispute could ensue, during which the former couple will have to go in front of a judge who will then determine what is right for the child. Parents should go in with a solid plan when it comes to seeking custody.

When a custodial parent dies

When a custodial parent dies in California or elsewhere in the country dies, there are a number of factors that determine what will happen to his or her child. The other parent may get custody, but if it is the father, and he was not married to the child's mother when he or she was born, paternity must have been established. If this has not happened, the biological father can initiate paternity testing after the death of the custodial parent.

Robin Thicke loses custody in dispute over son

Michigan residents who are going through a child custody dispute may be interested to learn that, on Jan. 26, Robin Thicke was denied custody of his 6-year-old son. Further, a restraining order against Thicke was filed, preventing him from contacting the child and Paula Patton, the child's mother.

How marital status impacts child custody

Biological parents in Michigan have the right to seek child custody regardless of their marital status. However, a judge will have to determine if allowing unmarried fathers custody or other contact with his children is in their best interest. Assuming that the father poses no danger to his son or daughter, courts generally prefer that both parents are in the lives of their children.

Does joint custody mean an even split?

When it comes to parenting after divorce, joint parenting may offer the best chance at avoiding the mental and emotional problems that often plague children of separated parents. While this requires a certain degree of civility and patience to have conflict-free interactions, it can also provide a secure environment where children know they are loved by both parents.

When parents want to relocate after a divorce

It is common for Michigan parents to enter into a new relationship after they have gotten divorced. In some cases, these new partners may live far away, and the parents may want to move closer to them. When there are children involved, it is important for the parents to think about how moving will affect the children as well as the ex-spouse's parenting time.

Custody dispute between Nicole Curtis and child's father

Nicole Curtis, star of the HGTV show "Rehab Addict" has been in a protracted custody battle with her ex-boyfriend and the father of her 1-year-old child Harper. Michigan residents might recall that Shane Maguire filed a paternity suit when a DNA test proved that he was the child's father. Curtis' reply was to ask for child support as well as payment for child care and the cost of the child's birth. The court gave Maguire rights to weekend visitations but also ruled that he had to pay child support and half the cost of the birth after insurance.

Parental visitation rights after divorce

When Michigan parents are going through a divorce, child custody and visitation can sometimes be a contentious issue. If they are unable to agree on it themselves, the judge will make the decision. Unless there are extreme circumstances such as substance abuse, for example, the noncustodial parent will likely be awarded some form of visitation.