Legal Services / Child Custody
Child Custody-Portland, MI.
Child Custody And Visitation
Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities (APR)
Preserving your relationships with your children is a priority at Madarang Hoort & Associates. Our lawyers represent mothers and fathers in child custody and visitation cases in Portland and the surrounding communities.
Child custody and visitation are called the allocation of parental responsibilities (APR) in Michigan. Parental responsibilities include:
- Decision-making with regard to your child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing
- Where your child will live
- How much parenting time (or visitation) the nonresidential parent will have
In the emotions following the break up of a relationship, many parents tell us that they wish to have sole custody of their children. However, you may not get sole custody simply because you want it. Michigan courts consider the best interests of your children over the personal desires of parents. In the court’s view, absent issues such as abuse or neglect, it is the best interest of children to have a loving relationship with both parents. If there are issues such as neglect or abuse, our lawyers can get involved in a dramatic way, seeking emergency motions and protective orders.
It’s not unusual for parents to disagree over who should have primary residential custody and how much visitation the other parent should have. Our goal in a child custody case is to help you negotiate a parenting plan that works for your family. However, if a negotiated settlement is not possible, we are prepared to represent your interests and the best interests of your children in court.
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