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Southfield Child Custody Attorneys

Experienced Child Custody Lawyers in Detroit, Michigan

At Salinger & Associates, both our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience practicing law. We take a personal, practical, hands-on approach to legal representation, and we do everything we can to help our clients meet their goals while keeping legal costs and fees to a minimum. We have a longstanding reputation for practicing with honesty and integrity at all times.

We know how important your children are to you. We will do everything we can to ensure that you are able to play a vital, meaningful role in their lives as they grow and mature. For an initial consultation with one of our lawyers, call us at 248-569-5120 or contact our offices online any time.

Common Themes in Child Custody Disputes

All child custody arrangements are designed according to one overarching principle: serving the best interests of the child. In both mediation and in family court, decisions regarding primary physical custody, legal custody and joint custody arrangements focus on each parent's ability to provide a healthy environment for the child. The Child Custody Act authorizes the court to modify custody orders for proper cause shown or because of a material change in circumstances. Some important questions include:

  • Which parent has been the child's primary caregiver?
  • How do the parents' work schedules affect their ability to provide care?
  • Which parent is most likely to respect the other parent's visitation rights?
  • Which parent is most likely to make sure the child gets to school on time?
  • Has either parent been physically or emotionally abusive?
  • Has either parent had drug or alcohol abuse problems, physical or mental health problems, or trouble with the law?
  • Which parent can provide the child with a stable environment?
  • Which parent can provide the child with food, clothing and medical care? Which parent does the child express a desire to live with if the child is old enough to express a preference?
  • Which parent has the established environment that the child would identify as their home?

We frequently help both fathers and mothers undergo treatment programs and receive counseling to help the court see them as better able to provide a healthy environment for their children.

We will work with you and the other parent to attempt to structure a custody arrangement that works for you. If an agreement cannot be reached, we will help you present your evidence in the best light to get the result you seek.

Note: because of a 2008 change to Michigan's family law, child custody arrangements are now closely intertwined with child support levels. Learn more about Michigan's new child support law here.

If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss parenting time or child custody modifications, call us today at 248-569-5120 or contact our offices online.