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Clinton Township Child Custody Attorney 

Knowledgeable Child Custody Attorneys Serving Clinton Township 

Custody of minor children is one of the most important issues parents face when going through a Michigan divorce. If the parties can reach an agreement on child custody, it’s possible to enter a court order detailing the arrangement; where parents cannot agree, the court will make a decision. With either scenario, it’s critical to have in-depth legal knowledge to ensure there are no costly mistakes.

Our lawyers at Lucido & Manzella, P.C. have the skills and experience necessary to protect your interests in a child custody case. We’re at your side at the negotiations table if you’re able to work out an agreement with your child’s other parents, but we’ll take the battle to court if you can’t compromise on an arrangement for custody. We’ve represented many clients in the Clinton Township area and are committed to fighting for your rights. 

Advocating for Clients in Michigan Child Custody Cases

While Michigan law encourages agreement on custody for minor children, there are still multiple issues that parents must face throughout the process. The most important consideration is the child’s best interests, which are laid out in the state statute.

Every case is unique, but it may be necessary to address: 

  • Established Custodial Environment (ECE): A court must review the circumstances to determine whether the child currently enjoys an ECE, and naturally turns to one parent for guidance, discipline, and life’s necessities. A judge may not disrupt the existing ECE absent a change in circumstances.
  • Custody Classifications: In most situations, parents will face one of three types of child custody:
    • Joint Legal Custody: Parents share in decision-making for the most important issues involved with the child’s care and welfare, though the time each spends with the child is not a determining factor;
    • Physical Custody: The child is in the care of each parent at designated times, and has decision-making authority for routine and emergency issues regarding the child; and,
    • Sole custody: One parent is in charge of legal and physical custody. However, the other parent may be granted parenting time; note that there may be child support obligations as well.
  • Parenting Time: Under Michigan law, a court must allow parenting time to a non-custodial parent, absent clear evidence that doing so would not be in the child’s best interests.

Discuss Your Child Custody Matter with a Clinton Township Lawyer Today

If you’re going through a divorce in Michigan and have minor children, you need an experienced, skilled attorney to assist with child custody matters. Even if you can agree with your spouse, the process of drawing up the documents and entering a court order is complex. When you can’t agree on child custody, you’re facing a complicated court hearing for the judge to decide. Our lawyers at Lucido & Manzella, P.C. are at your side no matter what your circumstances, as we have experience representing child custody and family law clients in Clinton Township, Washington Township, and Macomb Counties. For more information, please visit our website.

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