When Should You Hire a Child Custody Lawyer?

Divorce and separation can be extremely stressful especially when disagreements about the children arise. The ideal situation is where both parents make compromises to ensure all decisions are in the best interest of the children. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Parents emotions and pride can sometimes come in the way of the decision-making process. When this is the case, you might opt to file a petition with the court seeking the court’s help in determining the child’s best interest.

Case Complexity

When the child custody case is complex or difficult, parents are advised to hire child custody lawyers to properly guide them in their case. If you feel inadequate to represent yourself, your child custody lawyer should be able to represent you in family court. With their experience and expertise, they are the best chance you have of winning your custody case.

Disagreements About the Children’s Welfare

When parents are having disagreements based on facts and not on emotions about the welfare of their child, then the involvement of court may be the best option to take. Requesting a child custody hearing is an option to take when you cannot decide on major issues.  If mediation is preferable, your attorney can provide assistance with this process as well and help you weigh the pros and cons of the same.  

Child Support in Michigan

Every case of child support is calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula– however, each factor used in the guidelines has variables which, if not raised correctly — and at the right time —can negatively impact the court’s decision and subsequent formula.

The Child Support Formula uses a variety of factors, including parental income from all sources, spousal support, number of children involved, health and childcare costs, among others, to determine the child support obligation owed. Once the financial information is presented and accepted by the court, the child support payment is determined.
Should either parent’s financial circumstances change, child support may be reviewed, and modified, as a post-judgment issue.

If you're looking for a professional family law firm to asist you in your divorce case, contact Gerkin & Decker P.C today.  From probate attorneys to child custody attorneys, we have the legal experience you need, 

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