Being married to a narcissist was a living nightmare. You may be relieved to finally be free of him or her, but you still have to share the parenting with your ex. Unfortunately, narcissists often continue to make life difficult for their exes for as long as they maintain contact with them. You and other Michigan parents who are divorced from narcissists might wonder if it is possible to co-parent.
Fall is officially here, which means Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you already have the spooky decorations out or you are waiting a few more weeks, it is never too early to start thinking about what you will do with your kids.
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.
Child custody issues arise in many different forms. One form, of course, is when parents divorce. Another is when unmarried parents split up. In these cases, arrangements for custody and visitation or parenting time must be worked out.
The "best interests of the child" has long been the governing standard in child custody cases. But what does that really mean in practice, as time goes on?
Even with the expansion of federal law in recent years, there are still many areas of the law where state law is primary. Family law is one of those areas.