Waterford Child Custody Attorney

Trust Charles P. Farrar for Skilled & Informative Counsel

There are two different types of child custody: physical and legal. Ideally, the specific terms of physical and legal child custody are determined by mutual agreement of the parents and mediated by their attorneys outside of the courtroom. Choose a family law attorney who can educate you on the Michigan family laws that apply to your case, including matters of child support, custody, visitation, and parenting time. Realistic and precise legal advice will empower you to make the best decisions for yourself and your kids.

With more than 20 years of experience as an Oakland County family law attorney, Charles P. Farrar understands that navigating child custody is perhaps the most emotionally challenging part of the divorce process. Your kids are your world. Our family attorney works hard to keep you informed while protecting and fighting for your rights. He can clarify each step of these intricate proceedings for you, as well as explain how it applies to your specific case.

Contact the office of Charles P. Farrar at (248) 327-0377 to request an initial consultation.

Legal Child Custody

Legal custody refers to the parent’s right to make decisions on the child’s upbringing. One parent may have sole legal custody, or the parents may share it.

Parents with legal custody have the authority to make decisions in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Religious upbringing
  • Medical care
  • Dental care
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Travel opportunities

Because of Michigan’s policy to rule in the “child’s best interests,” parents often end up with joint legal custody, where both parents have shared legal decision-making authority. For example, if one parent has physical child custody and the other receives only visitation privileges, joint legal custody grants legal authority to them both to make decisions for their child.

Physical Child Custody

Physical child custody refers to the issue of which parent the child physically lives with. This can flesh itself out in a number of ways. In cases of sole custody, the child permanently resides with one parent (until adulthood) with visitation privileges from the other parent. In this case, a parent with sole custody also retains legal custody as well, unless the courts specifically assign joint legal custody.

Joint physical custody (usually in conjunction with joint legal custody) means that the child lives with each parent an approximately equal amount of time. The specifics of joint custody, such as where the child spends his or her holidays, are usually determined by the parents.

Another option for physical child custody is split custody, where the siblings are separated from each other and each parent gets sole custody of a different child or children.

Call a Waterford child custody attorney you can trust to discuss the specifics of your case at (248) 327-0377!

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