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Two-state custody battle over young girl to go to trial

There’s no question that a child custody battle can be one of the most difficult aspects to any divorce. In most cases both parents want to continue being an integral part of their children’s lives. That means both parents usually want to have visitation rights as well as input in any important decisions regarding their children’s future. However, sometimes, couples in Clinton Township just can’t agree on a settlement without legal intervention.

The ongoing custody battle over a six-year-old girl will head to trial in October after a Michigan Judge ordered the girl’s father to appear in court just two days after he is scheduled to return from active submarine duty for the U.S. Navy. The judge, of Lenawee County, also ordered that the girl leave her home in Washington and be turned over to her mother in Detroit on August 15.

The girl’s mother originally lost legal custody of her daughter to the girls’ father after she was charged with third-degree child abuse in 2010. The charged stemmed from the mother allegedly attempting to cover up the abuse of the girl by a live-in boyfriend. Meantime, the attorney for the girl’s father has objected to the judge’s order to change the parenting time orders while her client is deployed. However, the judge countered that is within her legal jurisdiction to make changes while the case is in a stay until October.

This case, like many other child custody cases will have to be determined by the court. Child custody battles can be extremely challenging to both parents and children, which is why if you are in this situation it’s a good idea to consider retaining an experienced child custody lawyer for help.

Source: The Daily Telegram, “Trial to decide custody of Navy sailor's daughter,” Dennis Pelhem, August 5, 2014.

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