You are convicted of a crime, you go to jail and you do your time. You get out, excited to get your life back on track. However, you suddenly begin to realize just how many obstacles you may face.
Family courts are encouraging both parents to be involved in the children’s lives after a divorce. In fact, the legislature is considering changes to the way child custody is determined in Michigan. Instead of assuming that the mother is the primary caregiver, judges would have to start a case by assuming both parents would have joint custody rights. Research shows that children who have both parents involved do better in school, have higher self-esteem and are more emotionally stable.
Electronic communication is everywhere. You probably text as much as you call, if not more. You likely use social media to keep in touch with people you never see in real life. You probably send email messages vastly more than snail mail.
Changes could be coming soon to the way that child custody cases are handled in Michigan. New legislation is going to be considered, making it mandatory for judges to start their cases with the assumption that both parents will be given joint custody rights. This means time with the children and obligations would be split.
Summer gives you and your children a lot of opportunities. They have more free time, and you may decide to use it for trips, vacations, longer visits and more. This was true when you and your ex were married, and it's still true even though you're divorced.