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You Want What's Best For Your Child And So Do We

For many parents who are getting divorced or ending a nonmarital relationship, their relationship with their child or children is the most important aspect of the process. For this reason, it is important to hire an attorney who has a thorough understanding of Michigan's Child Custody Act and significant experience with child custody cases.

At Ihrie O'Brien, we understand that your relationship with your child or children is the most important thing in your life. Based on our many years of experience, we believe the skill and ability of the attorney you hire plays a large role in the outcome of your child custody case.

The Best Interests Of Your Child

Whether you are going through a divorce or you were never married to your child's other parent, in Michigan, child custody and parenting plans are determined based on the "best interests of the child." The Child Custody Act defines this as the sum of 13 different factors that are considered by the court, including, but not limited to:

  • The love, affection and emotional ties the child has with the parties seeking custody
  • Capacity of the parties to provide for the child emotionally and financially
  • The length of time the child has lived in a stable environment and the permanence of the existing or proposed home
  • The moral fitness of the parties
  • The mental and physical health of the parties
  • The home, school and community record of the child
  • The preference of the child in cases involving older children
  • Any incidents of domestic violence

When you hire Ihrie O'Brien, our family law attorneys will assist you in obtaining legal or physical (or primary residential) custody based on your goals and the child's best interests.

We will work with you to determine the best possible custody arrangement and parenting plan for your children. We are highly experienced trial attorneys who will not hesitate to fight for you in court if necessary.

Also Helping Clients With Child Support And Modifications

We also represent parents in child support proceedings. In Michigan, child support is determined based on a specific formula. However, securing the correct data and numbers to "plug-in" to the formula often requires substantial skill which we will provide.

When life circumstances change, often child custody arrangements and parenting plans need to be modified. Our lawyers can represent you in any child custody modification proceeding. We also represent clients involved in child custody appeals and grandparents wishing to assert grandchild visitation rights.

Let Us Review Your Situation

For strong advocacy, contact our St. Clair Shores child custody attorneys. Call 586-778-7778 or complete the online form to arrange a free initial consultation today.