As experienced and knowledgeable Michigan child custody attorneys, we understand the sensitive and emotional nature of establishing child custody arrangements. No parent wants to be away from their children for even one day, but in a child custody hearing a judge will ultimately determine what is in the best interest of the children. A judge will seek to provide the children with safety, stability and continuity, with a minimum of disruptions, so that they can maintain the lifestyle to which they have grown accustomed to.
At the child custody hearing, big decisions will be made. These decisions will have an impact on the physical and emotional well-being of the children.There are two basic categories of child custody that need to be decided. The first is where the children will live, and the second is the parent’s right to make decisions for the child.
– Legal Custody
If you are granted sole legal custody of the children you will make all of the major decisions that affect your children. If you are granted joint legal custody, both you and your ex-spouse will share in the decision-making process. In either event, the types of decisions that will have to be made are where the children will go to school, what religion they will practice, and what extra-curricular activities they will participate in.
– Physical Custody
Physical Custody is where the children will live, spend the majority of their time, and call home. Joint physical custody is the splitting of this time equally between the residences of the two spouses. A judge will seek to place a child where they will be safe, supervised, loved and cared for, and a visitation schedule will be established for the non-custodial spouse.
Legal custody and physical custody are two major areas that are resolved in a child custody hearing. You’ll need the guidance of a personable, experienced and caring child custody attorney to make sure that your wishes for your children are carried out and not compromised. Please give our team of Michigan child custody attorneys at The Law Offices of Rathi and Associates a call today.