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An even split of child custody may be a bad idea for children

If you get married thinking about what might happen if you get divorced, most people would argue you're doing it wrong. But if you are planning on having children, there are few precautions too extreme for the health and happiness of young lives in your charge.

Thousands of Michigan families have availed themselves of the family court system to work out disagreements on how to raise children of divorce. The assignments of child custody, responsibilities and decision-making abilities are complicated issues that often take a lot of negotiation or consideration to get right. A judge could be forgiven for attempting to simplify the process.

One lawmaker in Lansing is attempting to do that while divorce lawyers and observers decry the move as bad for children. A proposed law would require parents to split child custody privileges and responsibilities as evenly as possible. Advocates believe this would not be the most effective way to protect a child's well-being.

If one parent is highly attentive and involved, the chances of academic and social success are often higher if children spend a lot of time with them. This is especially true if children spend school time and other productive periods with an engaged guardian. Judges often take the ability and willingness of parents to help their children develop into account with custody rulings.

Any parent who believes he or she is the best choice for full or majority custody has the right to fight for their children's well-being. An attorney can help parents manage their rights and responsibilities during a divorce or custody arrangement change in court or mediation.

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