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The holidays are here and it’s time for sharing your children’s holiday time with your ex. I did some on-line research and talked with experienced Kalamazoo Family Law attorneys about the common problems for divorced parents this season and how to avoid or handle them.
If you’ve recently divorced and see the holidays coming fast, planning ahead will make certain things will go smoothly for you and your children. It’s important to anticipate problems and prevent them from turning a joyful season into a nightmare. Remember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Todays grandparents find themselves taking on a greater role in the lives of their grandchildren. More frequently, grandparents are more active in parenting their grandchildren by doing everything from teaching values and entertaining to listening to their grandchildrens problems.
Whenever parties to a divorce or unmarried parents split up, there will have to be a decision as to where the minor children will primarily live and how often they will spend time with the other parent (parenting time).
Over the last two years, the economy has wreaked havoc on the American workplace. Michigan is struggling to come back from double digit unemployment, employees are increasingly unhappy at work, and both private and public employers continue to offer incentives to the most experienced and highest wage earners in an effort to downsize and improve the bottom line.
Michigan divorce courts always encourage the separating spouses to agree to joint custody unless it is not in the best interest of the child. Michigan state law requires child custody based on the best interests of the child principle. The best interests of a child include the emotional bond between the child and each of the parents, the parent's capacity to give the child both financial and emotional support, the moral aptitude of each parent, and the mental and physical well-being of each parent.
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