Children need healthy relationships with their parents to thrive.

You may be worried about maintaining a healthy relationship with your child.

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No parent dreams of only seeing their child half of the time, or less. When parents live apart, this is often the difficult reality. Parents have a right to a relationship with their child and their child has a right to a relationship with their parent. Michigan Law recognizes the importance of maintaining the parent-child relationship in families where the co-parents live apart.

Main Issues in Custody/Parenting Time


There are two types of custody in Michigan--legal custody and physical custody. When parties share joint legal custody, they must agree on major decisions for the child. If they disagree, the court will determine what is in the best interests of the child. Physical custody is a child’s primary residence.

Parenting Time

Your child has a right to parenting time with each parent unless a judge determines that parenting time would endanger the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health.

Child Support

Child support is calculated using a formula. Child Support is NOT retroactively modifiable which means that if you wait to modify, you risk paying more or receiving less than you are entitled to under the law.

Parents seek out attorneys to establish initial orders and also to modify the orders that already are in place. Life changes, and the current orders may no longer be in the best interests of your child. Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support are always modifiable if there is proper cause or change in circumstances. It is important to have an experienced attorney who will discuss where you are today, where you want to be a year from now, and the steps we can take to help get you there. We will come up with a plan to implement an initial order, enforce your current parenting time arrangement or to attempt to modify the order so that the parenting time plan for your child maintains a solid relationship with both parents--something that is critical to the health and wellbeing of a child.

You do not need to handle these co-parenting issues alone. Take the next steps.

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Free Consultation

Let’s set up a time for you to share your concerns regarding custody, parenting time, and child support with a skilled attorney.

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Armed with Information

Become armed with information specific to your current situation. During the consultation, we will advise you on how Michigan law applies to your relationship with your child.

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Create An Action Plan

We will discuss options available to you, give you an overview of the legal process, and discuss what steps you are ready to take next.

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Parenting is not for the faint of heart, and co-parenting brings its own unique challenges into play.

Be the parent who did everything they could to build and maintain the best relationship possible with their child. Ready to learn more?

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