Ensuring the well-being of children in the wake of divorce is of paramount importance. Parents love their children, and having to divide the time they spend with them or give up responsibilities to the other parent may fuel basic conflicts on which a divorce is based. Barring extenuating circumstances, it is important that both parents are able to do everything possible to care for their children’s well-being. Fortunately, various forms of custody can accomplish precisely that.
At Selleck Legal, PLLC, our founding lawyer will take the time to understand your family’s unique dynamics and help work toward a custody schedule that preserves your well-being in the long run. Our goal is to provide a tailored outcome that serves your goals and your child’s best interests. We take the time to answer questions about child custody matters to help parents understand their options.
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Legal Versus Physical Custody
Legal custody involves the obligation, responsibility and right to make decisions about a child’s upbringing such as health care, schooling, religion and other important choices in a child’s life.
Physical custody refers to where the child will live and who will provide for the child’s daily needs such as food, shelter, grooming and so on. In Michigan, parents can have sole custody of a child either physically or legally.
What Is Parenting Time?
When one parent has sole physical custody, this parent is referred to as the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent will have rights to visitation, also called parenting time. This refers to the time spent with the noncustodial parent and is either reasonable or specific.
Reasonable time can be effective when the parties have a history of getting along fairly well, and are able to communicate and work out their own schedules for parenting time, including overnights, holidays, vacations, family functions, etc. Specific parenting time refers to when parties utilize a specific schedule for all parenting time, as well as regular phone contact. This specific schedule is recited in both orders and the final judgment of divorce and must be obeyed by order of the court. This specific schedule benefits those individuals who prefer a strict routine to constantly follow.