Jodi Doak, Attorney at Law
Serving: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska, Otsego, Crawford counties, and any large MI cases.
CHILD CUSTODY, SUPPORT AND PARENTING TIME
Your quest to provide the safest and best environment for your child by seeking an appropriate child custody and visitation order can be emotionally difficult and a very stressful aspect of divorce proceedings. Courts in Michigan look at the best interests of the child in determining custody. But this question can be very complex and involve many different evidentiary issues. Having an aggressive attorney by your side is essential to protect your child’s best interests.
While pursuing child custody you should evaluate your situation carefully. Michigan law looks at different aspects of your parenting and your situation to determine child custody:
Consider such things as:
What is your financial situation? Can you give the child a more stable home?
What is your work schedule like? Do you have a criminal record, substance abuse issues, or any other factors that could work against you?
Are there people or documents that would support your position?
There are a variety of ways a court can use to determine child visitation and custody. Most courts allot some time to each parent, but we have seen almost every kind of parenting time schedule put into place, including suspension of parenting time and supervised parenting time.
TWO KINDS OF CUSTODY
Michigan law provides for legal custody and physical custody, two different kinds of custody that are maintained at the same time. Legal custody refers to the right to participate in important decisions which can affect the welfare of a child (ie: medical decisions, educational decisions, religious decisions). Most judges and Michigan law in general prefer joint legal custody. But in limited situations joint legal custody is not appropriate.
Physical custody refers to where the child will physically reside on a day-to-day basis. The parties can share physical custody or one party may be primarily responsible for the physical care of the child. If one party has physical custody then parenting time becomes an important issue. Parenting time should be arranged so as to promote a close and continuing relationship between the child and both parents.
Michigan law no longer has a different child support calculation for parents with 128 overnights per year. Child support is now calculated based on the number of overnights per year spent with the non-custodial parent. The less overnights per year, the more child support is paid. This, along with income and tax deductions is used in determining child support.
If you are currently negotiating child custody, support or visitation, it is essential that you have an aggressive child custody attorney representing you and working for the best interests of your child. You can read on the internet for hours about child custody and parenting time, but nothing will replace the practical and successful experience of Jodi J. Doak.
Make the Smart Choice. Call Immediately. We strive to have an attorney answer our phones 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If we are not immediately available, we will call back as soon as possible, many times within minutes of the call. The call is free and the consultation is free. Protect your children’s future now.
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT DEFENSE
When you are accused of abusing or neglecting your child, your life can change forever. Not only could you be charged with a crime, the department of human services, responsible for child protection in Michigan) can seek custody of your child and place your child in relative placement or foster care.
In Michigan, the consequences for child abuse and neglect are severe. The end result could be termination of your parental rights, meaning that you would be separated from your child until that child attained 18 years of age. You may also face criminal charges. When you are accused, do not take the charges lightly. In fact, the moment child protective services becomes involved with your family, you should be represented by competent legal counsel. Do NOT wait until the Department of Human Services seeks custody of your child or children if you can help it. If you waited, make the call now. The earlier in the process your attorney becomes involved, the better.
If you are convicted of child abuse or neglect, you will be labeled and it will follow you for the rest of your life. Jodi J. Doak has extensive experience in defending child abuse charges and has been successful in keeping families together in very serious situations. In addition, Jodi J. Doak has worked for the court as a Guardian Ad Litem, assigned to protect the best interests of the child in these cases. In other words, Mrs. Doak has a variety of experience working from both aspects of child protection. This experience is vital in understanding the process and protecting your rights.
Protect your future now by contacting an attorney for a free consultation regarding your case. Make the Smart Choice. Call Jodi J. Doak today.
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Boyne City, MI 49712
Phone: (231) 582-0712
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