When you are going through a divorce in Michigan that involves children, the hope is that you and your spouse are on the same page regarding custody. Unfortunately, this is often not the case and help is needed to establish the custodial parent's role and the parameters of parenting time for the non-custodial parent. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, either party can file a request for custody, which means you may find yourself facing your soon-to-be ex in court at a custody hearing.
The prospect of going to court can be quite daunting. However, practice and preparation beforehand can help increase your confidence going in and ease the nerves that come along with facing the unknown.
What kinds of questions should you expect? The judge's focus will be figuring out what type of custody plan will be in the best interest for the child, so questions are mostly used to garner information toward that purpose. For instance, you may be asked about your financial status to help establish whether you are capable of providing the basic necessities such as food, utilities and shelter for your child or children. The answers may also be used to establish the need for child support.
You may be asked about the type of custody you seek and why. If you are seeking sole custody, you will likely be asked to provide reasons why the other parent is not fit or should not have custody. You might be asked about the arrangements the two of you currently have and which parts have or have not been working. You may also be asked about how well you communicate with one another to ensure decisions that affect the well-being of your child or children can be made jointly if the custody type necessitates it.
This post is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional legal counsel.