Following a divorce, the family dynamic often changes dramatically. A divorce order may indicate child custody provisions. Parents may share custody of their children or one parent may get sole legal custody, with the other parent having visitation rights. A judge looks and many different factors when deciding how to divide custody but one of the factors that doesn't necessarily disqualify a parent as "fit" is medical marijuana use.
Family law is an area of law that really focuses on the big picture, and tries to determine the best possible outcomes for families, especially the children involved. Unmarried parents and teens mothers face big challenges when it comes to raising a child. Often, family court is involved to settle child custody matters between the unmarried parents or allocate child support payments.
When parents go through a divorce, many different issues need to be discussed and sorted out. Whether or not the parents choose to get a judge or court involved, or reach an agreement on their own, the important point is to simply agree on the outcome. Reaching a consensus on child support or custody matters may seem impossible but the more that parties can come to terms with the arrangement, the more likely each side is to follow through with the plan.
When couples decide not to stay together, this decision inherently impacts their children. Sometimes custody matters are easy, especially if both parents live nearby and agree on the best course of action.
Concern about international kidnapping has prompted the Michigan Legislature to amend the parenting time provisions of the Child Custody Act (specifically MCL 722.27a). The new law requires any parenting time orders to contain this provision: Except as provided in this subsection, a parenting time order shall contain a prohibition on exercising parenting time in a country that is not a party to the Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction. This subsection does not apply if both parents provide the court with written consent to allow a parent to exercise parenting time in a country that is not a party to the Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction. The new law was enacted on January 9, 2013 and became effective immediately.
The Michigan Senate recently approved legislation that may have a large impact on family law issues within the state and even around the world. The legislation focuses on child custody issues and would prevent a parent involved in a custody dispute from removing the child to a country outside of the jurisdiction of the Hague Convention.
Michigan residents may know that the children of Michael Jackson are now the subject of a child custody dispute stemming from a battle over the deceased King of Pop's will. Their grandmother and legal guardian, with whom the children reside, disappeared over the weekend and allegations surfaced that she was being blocked from contacting the children.
Inevitably, divorce has an effect not only on children, but on their grandparents. The effect is not only emotional, but potentially financial. In the uncertain, post-recession economy, many grandparents are helping cover daily living costs for grandkids. Indeed, a recent AARP survey put the number of grandparents doing this as 37 percent - more than 1 in 3.
After the economic crisis of the past few years, Michigan families have come to understand that sometimes you have to relocate. If there aren't enough jobs where you live, you might have to move elsewhere to find work.
Child custody decisions are rarely easy. But they can become even more complicated when a military service member is involved.