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Old criminal records may factor into child custody

Children are a family's most precious resource and they can often be the most vulnerable people in a tricky situation. This is also true during parents' issues, especially if they culminate in separation and divorce. Judges in Michigan family courts are predisposed to making decisions for the benefit of the children, so parents often have a case for more rights and time with children if they can demonstrate they can provide the best environment.

One way to demonstrate the unsuitability of another parent is to show a pattern of dangerous behavior that may exist in the person's recent or past behavior. If abuse or violence was part of a separation or divorce, this may demonstrate that an aggressor should not have sole or unsupervised custody of a child.

Records of violent or unsafe behavior can cross state lines along with suspects. A Florida school police officer was recently arrested on a Michigan warrant for criminal sexual conduct with a minor. A co-defendant was arraigned in the Badger State without bond because the prosecutor claimed he was a habitual offender.

The suspect claims the charges were previously litigated and denies the accusation in general. His bond requires a GPS monitor and no contact with the alleged victim. This is similar to the restraining orders that may be used to protect victims of domestic violence.

People seeking full custody of children may consult an attorney if they suspect that other claimants have criminal histories or other records of dangerous behavior. Legal representation can often make a claim for child custody easier or more likely to succeed.

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