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Child Custody Archives

Divorced fathers don't have to lose out on their children

Michigan fathers may dread divorce first and foremost because of its potential to impact their relationships with their children. Going from being a full-time father to a part-time parent can be a serious emotional and logistical challenge. This is one factor that works to keep parents stuck in relationships and marriages long after they would have otherwise chosen divorce. There are options for fathers, however, to help to make the parenting road after divorce a smoother ride.

Setting common house rules to increase stability for kids

When Michigan parents get divorced, the children may split time between both of their homes. While this situation can work, particularly if both parents still live close to each other, younger children may have difficulty adjusting to two different households. One way divorced parents can make the transition easier for the children is to reach an agreement on house rules.

Dealing with a toxic ex while raising a child

For Michigan parents who have gone through a divorce, working with a toxic ex can be difficult, especially if the ex treats or behaves poorly towards the other parent and even the child. However, getting tips can be difficult due to the fact that there are many reasons the ex may be difficult. It could be due to domestic abuse, inability to properly parent the child or addiction.

Shared parenting can be a preferred outcome

Working divorced moms in Michigan and across the country can benefit from shared parenting arrangements. Making shared parenting the norm after divorce or separation can help both mothers and fathers to maintain and build their careers and their deep relationships with their children.

Fathers play larger role in children's lives than in the past

Some Michigan fathers may be among the 57 percent who say they consider parenting as central to their identity according to a survey by Pew Research Center. This is about the same percentage as mothers who responded. Fathers are also more involved in child care compared to previous decades. Fathers in 2015 said they spent seven hours weekly on child care, and this was almost three times the number of hours reported in 1965. However, mothers still report considerably more at 15 hours per week. Nearly half of fathers say they do not spend enough time with their children.

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.