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.
On June 12, 2012, Gov. Snyder signed into law the "Revocation of Paternity Act," which changed years of firmly established law concerning a putative father's ability to seek custody rights to children born or conceived during a marriage. Under the old paternity act (established in 1956), husbands were given legal rights to the children of their wives, regardless of whether or not the husband was the biological father. Unless a court had determined that a child was not the child of a marriage, a biological father had absolutely no right to petition the court to seek custody or visitation with his child. The new legislation permits a biological father to establish paternity of a child born or conceived during a marriage provided certain specific circumstances exist. A motion under each section must be filed within 3 years after the child's birth or within 1 year after the date of the order of filiation, whichever is later. Upon request, a court may extend the time for filing an action or motion under this act.
Going through divorce is a painful experience. Although divorce can be the right decision, there is no such thing as an easy divorce. And as devastating as it is for former couples, the biggest impact is on the children involved. But research suggests some ways to minimize damage to children.
Often times when people think of child custody and visitation disputes, the rights of grandparents are often overlooked. In Michigan, there is a statute specifically designed to address the issue of grandparenting time.
We all know that children change substantially as they get older, enter teenage years, etc. Sometimes the changes seem drastic to a parent, yet are those changes sufficient to meet the legal threshold for reviewing a custody order? The Court of Appeals has firmly answered "no."
Author Donna Ferber shares the following wisdom about how to tell your children that their parents are divorcing. These are Ferber's tips for telling the children about impending divorce: