When a couple divorces, both parents tend to want shared custody of any children involved. But is 50/50 child custody the norm in Michigan? Or is it at least a possibility?
Michigan courts recognize that most children do better when raised by both parents. Therefore, the courts are very favorable toward 50/50 parenting time schedules, as long as it is in the children’s best interests. A 50/50 custody arrangement involves children spending time with each parent as equally as possible. It is also known as joint custody, allowing both parents to have custody of their child. Joint custody often refers to both shared physical and legal custody.
Despite the name, 50/50 custody is not always a perfect split. One parent may get slightly more time with the child, depending on the parent’s living arrangements as well as their custody schedule.
Overall, Michigan is a 50/50 custody state that does not typically favor one parent over the other. Fathers are treated just as equally as mothers. Still, custody is based on various factors, such as the existing relationship and bond the parents have with the children.
Michigan operates under the Child Custody Act of 1970, which states the rights of minor children and establishes rights and duties to their custody, support, and parenting time. The law allows for custody based on the best interests of the child. Any custody disputes are resolved based on the best interests of the child. That will always be the deciding factor — not what the parents or children want.
So what exactly are the best interests of the child? They are factors evaluated by the court to determine which parent(s) should get child custody. They include the following:
Child custody no longer favors the mother, like it did in the past. Nowadays, many courts will agree to 50/50 if the judges believe this arrangement is most favorable to the children. The experienced Michigan child custody lawyers from Lucido & Manzella, P.C. can help you get the best outcome possible from your child custody case. Schedule a consultation with our office today by calling (586) 228-3900 or filling out the online form.
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