Father’s Rights in Michigan
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In the past, mothers were often favored as primary caregivers in child custody cases, putting fathers at a major disadvantage. Today, courts across the country, including in Michigan, must make their decisions based on the “best interests” of the children. Generally, it is considered within the child’s best interests to maintain a relationship with both parents. As such, more often than not, joint custody is awarded to both parents. In rare cases, if a judge feels that it is not in the child’s best interests for parents to share custody, these rights might be awarded to only one parent. If your rights as a father are being challenged, you need to secure skilled legal representation as soon as possible. At Charles P. Farrar PLLC, our Waterford attorney has over 20 years of experience in family law and will help you protect your rights as a father.
For the knowledgeable legal advice and representation you need, call our office today at (248) 327-0377 to schedule a consultation.
Child Custody Rights
Every parent wants what is best for their children, so what does it mean for the court to base custody decisions on these best interests? Some of the factors family court judges consider in regards to a child’s best interests include:
- The child’s health and safety
- The child’s emotional needs
- The co-parenting skills of the child’s parents
- The child’s educational needs
- The moral fitness of both parents
- The preference of the child, if the court considers him or her to be mature enough to express it
- The permanence of the existing home
- Whether either parent has a history of domestic violence
Given these parameters, it is possible for a father to be awarded primary custody if it is determined that he is a better caregiver than the mother. This means the child would live at the father’s residence for a majority of the time, making him the custodial parent, whereas the mother would be considered the non-custodial parent.
In the event that you are the non-custodial parent, you can and should present the court with a specific visitation schedule, which your attorney can assist you with. This visitation schedule will also affect child support payments. Therefore, if your visitation schedule calls for more frequent contact, the court might order lower payments. Child support, custody, and visitation are all modifiable if, in the future, circumstances change that warrant modifications.
Family Law Attorney in Waterford
If you are in the midst of a child custody dispute, hiring an attorney who has the insight and knowledge necessary to handle such delicate legal matters is crucial. The family law legal team at Charles P. Farrar PLLC can assist you in navigating the complexities of your case to pursue the custody or visitation rights you desire. Backed by over 20 years of experience, you can be confident in the services we provide.
All us today at (248) 327-0377 to schedule your consultation.