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What should divorced parents do about holidays?

In the pleasant community of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, parents often raise their children together in peaceful harmony. However, there are times when parents part ways, whether with a divorce ending a marriage or in a situation where they never got married in the first place. In those instances of parents parting and no longer living together, child custody has to be apportioned between them. That includes deciding which parent the children will be with on specific holidays.

What standard is used in child custody cases?

Throughout much of human history, the custody of children of all ages went to their father by default. That started to change shortly before the Civil War, and by World War I, the custody of children went to their mother by default. In recent decades, there has been a major call for fathers and mothers to be treated equally in the parenting realm, reflecting the call for men and women to be treated equally in the career realm. Currently, the standard used in child custody cases in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, is called the "best interests of the child" standard.

How child custody is decided

Many St. Clair Shores, Michigan, children live with both of their biological parents. However, sometimes biological parents separate, and in those cases, they will need to resolve child custody issues. They may be able to do so privately, putting together a parenting plan. If they cannot successfully put together a parenting plan privately, they may need to contest the custody of their children in court.

Unmarried fathers should fight for their rights

When a man becomes a father, the absence of a government-issued marriage license doesn't mean that he loves his little baby any less. However, it often does mean that securing a legal right to parent will involve more than it would for a married father. Yet, unmarried fathers should fight for their rights because their children need them. Unmarried fathers, including those in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, can get joint or sole child custody if they are both willing to work for it and hire the right attorney.

Michigan preparing for potential change to child custody laws

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.

What is a good faith reason to move with a child?

Relocating with a child, after divorce, can be difficult. If you and your ex both have custody rights, moving can sometimes violate those rights. If your ex wants to stay in Michigan, for example, but you're hoping to move to Texas, it's fairly clear that moving with the child will mean your ex won't see him or her as often -- if at all.

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