When the original child custody agreement you have with your ex-spouse is no longer working, coming to a new agreement can be difficult. At the Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, we understand that change can be challenging for all involved, especially when parents do not agree on the best outcome. If the changes are significant, Michigan support guidelines state that you may file a child custody case so that the judge can review all of the factors and determine what is in the best interests of the child.
If you and the other parent are consistently unable to achieve a workable solution, the judge may decide to award one of you sole custody. For example, perhaps you wish your child to be brought up in your religion and the other parent does not. Maybe you feel that your child needs therapy for an emotional problem while your ex thinks there is nothing going on. If the relationship between you and the other parent has continuously gone downhill, it may be in the best interest of the child for a judge to make this decision. If you are granted sole custody, then you have the legal right to make these decisions but the same goes for the other parent if he or she is awarded custody.
To reach a decision, the judge considers a number of factors, such as the capacity and disposition each of you has for providing for your child’s emotional and physical needs. How you and your ex-spouse work together and whether you support each other’s relationship with your child is another important factor. Your child’s preference will also be taken into consideration if the judge decides that it is an age-appropriate decision. This is where the child will tell the judge if he or she wishes to live with you or with the other parent, and why. For more information on how decisions relating to children and divorce are made, please visit our page.