Helping You Determine the Right Support and Custody Arrangements

Children are greatly affected by the relationship between their parents. Whether parents are having contentious arguments as a married couple or are having bitter disputes in a divorce, the children see this and are affected by it. Therefore, when involved in a divorce or other family law dispute, it is important for parents to place the child's needs first. Consequently, issues of child custody and visitation are often best resolved through negotiation or mediation.

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The attorneys of Miller & Bartnicki, P.C., in Plymouth, Michigan, are concerned with securing the best interests of the children while also preserving our clients' interests as parents. We offer skilled advice about alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation. However, when necessary, we stand ready to fight for our client in trial.

Our family lawyers address all child custody matters, including:

  • Child custody determination: In a sole custody arrangement, the child primarily will reside with one parent who will be responsible for the care and major decisions involving the child. In a joint custody arrangement, parents will share in responsibilities, and decision-making, and the child may spend equivalent time residing with both parents.
  • Visitation/parenting time: It is usually in the child's best interest to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. The only way to maintain such parent-child bonds is through time spent together. Therefore, visitation (also known as parenting time) is typically awarded to the parent who does not have primary custody.
  • Child support. Our family law attorneys work closely with our clients to determine the needs of their children or their lack of ability to pay child support. On October 1, 2008, the Michigan child support guidelines were amended. These changes may increase or decrease the amount of support you pay or receive. If you have an older support order in place, it is suggested you have your support re-calculated. Based upon Michigan's child support guidelines we can provide you with an accurate estimate of what your child support payments will be.
  • Modifications: It is accepted that a family court order will not stand for all time. When significant changes in circumstances arise - such as child abuse, parental relocation or change in income - we revisit court orders for child custody, visitation, or child support and petition for necessary modifications.

When your family is faced with such complex and highly emotional issues, it is important to hire an attorney who will be sensitive to your needs and the needs of your children. For experienced, compassionate legal representation, contact a child custody lawyer at our Plymouth law firm.