How to File a Child Custody Case in Michigan

How to file for child custody in Michigan

Does paternity need to be established if the parents of the child are not married?

What will the custody battle be like?

Over the past 2 weeks, I have been publishing articles about filing a child custody case in Michigan. In today’s article, you will find a collection of all the published articles and everything you need to know about filing a child custody case in Michigan.

Please remember that while this information provided on this blog is completely free to you, it is general. At The David K. Kramer Law Firm, PLLC we understand that every situation is different and unique.

If you have any specific questions about your situation and your family, you are more than welcome to contact my office.

Here is what you need to know when filing for a custody case in Michigan:

  • How to Establish Paternity When Filing a Custody Case in Michigan

    This article was the first of this series. The most common situation in which paternity needs to be established is when the parents are not married. Another situation is when the father of the child isn’t the husband of the mother.

    In this article, I also show you the easiest way to establish paternity—which is through Affidavit of Parenting. In the Affidavit of Parenting, both parents sign a sworn statement saying they are the parents. You can actually avoid a DNA test by filing this way.

  • Child Custody in Michigan – What Will Be Determined in a Custody Battle

    There are at least five areas where determinations will be made. Everything from where the child lives, to who gets to choose what religion the child will be brought up in.

    If you are wondering about child support, like if you’ll have to pay it and how it is calculated, check out another article called Divorce in Michigan: All About Child Support. While you may not be experiencing a divorce, the information about child support is the same.

  • What is it Like to File a Custody Case in Michigan? Part 1

    In this article you’ll find a few legal definitions like,

    • The Plaintiff: The person who is seeking the court’s help to establish custody. This is the person who filed the first set of papers.
    • The Defendant: This person is the child’s other parent.
    • Ex Parte Order: When the judge decides on parenting time, child support or custody without holding a hearing.
    • This article shares with you the steps you need to take if you are the defendant like what happens if you don’t respond in the allocated amount of time.

  • What is it Like to File a Child Custody Case in Michigan Part 2

    This is the second part to the article above. In this article, I share about:

    • How the Friend of the Court may become involved.
    • What happens when both parents agree?
    • What an Alternative Dispute Resolution is.
    • When the final order will be given.

In Conclusion

We have covered a great deal of information about filing a child custody case in Michigan. The important thing to remember is that you do not have to do this alone. Having an experienced attorney by your side to guide you through the process is essential. One mistake could mean disaster. Please call my call my office.

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