When a dissolved marriage leads to divorce, many might assume that dealing with child support and custody would be the simplest part of the process that follows. Instead, child support laws in Michigan and the rest of the United States can become incredibly difficult, and even painful. Fortunately, Michigan legislators are pushing for solutions on the tricky aspects of child custody and divorce.
Although changes are currently under way in regards to child custody laws, custody arrangements for children have largely been an ambiguous matter in the past. Legal custody involves more than physical interactions with parent and child; such laws also apply to legal decisions and living arrangements.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services specifies the types of child support regulated by the state. Parenting time, or the time the non-custodial parent spends with the child, can take many different routes in terms of exact time spent visiting and which parent predominantly cares for the child. An individual may take certain actions if one parent is not obeying the parent time order, including contacting the Friend of the Court and requesting they initiate enforcement of the order, or filing a motion with or without an attorney.
The Future of Child Custody Laws
Court systems still practice relatively traditional procedures when determining parental involvement and child support. An article in Detroit News anticipates a shared parenting law in Michigan, which many would consider a significant step forward for both parents and children. This law would allow children to spend as close to equal time with each parent as possible after a divorce or separation.