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How does House Bill 4480 affect child custody hearings?

During your custody hearing in Clinton Township, Michigan, the judge has some discretion in determining how to divide the rights and responsibilities involved in parenting your child between you and your spouse. In the most recent session of the Michigan House of Representatives, the legislature passed an amendment to the Child Custody Act of 1970 that affects how a judge might evaluate what is in the best interests of the child during your custody hearing.

One goal of the judge is to provide both you and your child’s other parent with adequate parenting time to foster healthy relationships. The judge will consider how well you work together with your spouse to ensure that your child’s emotional needs are met. If either of you make parenting time difficult for the other, it could harm your case.

The new amendment directly relates to actions you may take to discourage and prevent your child and the other parent from spending time together. The Michigan court system takes domestic violence very seriously, and if you are protecting your child from acts of domestic violence or sexual assault by the other parent, the judge will not allow your actions to affect your case negatively.

Michigan Legal Help warns that domestic violence during a marriage may worsen during divorce proceedings, but there are resources available to provide protection for you and your child. This information is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. However, it may help you to understand the changes that will soon be in effect regarding the Child Custody Act of 1970.

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