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Michigan Sole Custody vs Joint Custody
In Michigan sole custody means that one parent has primary physical custody as well as legal custody of the child. Joint custody in Michigan means that parents could share one or both of physical and legal custody.
Legal custody of a child in Michigan is defined as a parent having the responsibility over major decisions regarding the child's upbringing, medical treatment, school enrollment, religious instruction and other similar matters.
Non-major decisions are to be made with the parent who has physical custody of the child in Michigan at the time that the decision is made. This means that the parent without legal custody of a child, may make certain decisions for the child while spending their parenting time.
What is Michigan grand-parenting time, and how do I obtain it?
In Michigan, a presumption exists that a fit parent's decision to deny grand-parenting time does not create a substantial risk of harm to the child. A grandparent in Michigan may need to petition for time with grandchildren if the parents are denying them access. To rebut this presumption, and win on the issue, the grandparent must prove by preponderance of the evidence that the parent's decision to deny grand-parenting time creates a substantial risk of harm to the child's mental, physical or emotional health
Can child custody in Michigan be determined through the arbitration process?
Yes, but an award concerning child support, custody and parenting time in Michigan is always subject to the review by a Michigan court, and can be vacated if the judge finds that the award is not in the best interest of the child.