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New legislation could require joint child custody if approved

Many parents consider the future well-being of their kids to be of the utmost importance. For those who decide to part ways with the other parent, negotiations regarding custody could be a highly debatable process. New legislation regarding child custody has been set forth in Michigan, and although it may still be several steps short of being set in motion, it has reportedly passed the House Judiciary Committee.

According to reports, the bill would require that joint custody be the default determination during court proceedings. This legislation would ensure that neither parent has the children for more than 200 nights per year. When determining custody, the court considers the best interests of the child to be paramount, which in many cases, having equal access to both parents could be the healthiest possible outcome.

However, there may also be a certain level of concern regarding a similar ruling. Certain individuals may worry that in some cases, joint custody could be detrimental to a child, especially in instances where one party may, unfortunately, have less interest in being a parental unit. Although apparently gaining traction in certain areas, the bill must still pass through the necessary channels before it can be signed into action.

Child custody could be one of the toughest family law issues a person may ever have to experience. With the potential gravity of decisions regarding the future of one's kids, a parent might find it beneficial to seek assistance throughout the process. By speaking with an attorney with extensive knowledge of Michigan state child custody laws, a client could obtain invaluable guidance and assistance in pursuing the best overall outcome concerning the future of his or her children.

Source: wzzm13.com, "Some parents say Michigan's joint custody bill doesn't make sense", Amir Abbas, June 20, 2017

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