Grand Rapids Child Custody Attorney Assists Divorcing Parents
Western Michigan lawyer works to develop fair parenting time plans
Nothing is more important than the well-being of your children, especially when they’re going through a tough time. Located in Grand Rapids, The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC delivers comprehensive legal counsel to Michigan parents in child custody matters that are part of a divorce as well as post-order proceedings relating to modification and enforcement. As a Grand Rapids child custody attorney, I focus on the needs of young people and look to find common ground so parents can continue to cooperate positively whenever possible. However, if litigation is the best option, I am an accomplished trial lawyer who will present a strong argument for the result you seek in your family law matter.
Dedicated advocate pursues proper legal and physical custody terms
I use my knowledge and experience handling family law matters to help parents create a positive environment for their children. Depending on the circumstances, a custody order might call for:
- Sole custody — When the judge believes that a child should reside with one parent who has full decision-making authority for matters involving the child, sole custody will be awarded. However, the parent who does not have custody usually has visitation rights, which are detailed in the parenting time order.
- Joint legal custody — Many parents share legal custody so that each has some influence over key concerns, such as medical treatment, religious upbringing and educational choices.
- Joint physical custody — Even if the child lives more at one parent’s home than the others, there can be joint physical custody. The parenting time schedule might establish periods, such as school breaks, when the child switches homes.
During a divorce where the parties cannot agree on custody terms, judges make a determination based on the child’s best interests. This review can encompass whatever the judge thinks is relevant, but frequently used factors include each parent’s ability to provide safe, loving care, the parents’ physical and mental health, educational opportunities and the child’s preference if he or she is old enough to make a mature decision. I take these and other factors into account when pressing for a proper order and also assist parents who require help with enforcement when their former spouse violates the parenting plan.
Firm handles relocation disputes and other requested order modifications
As parents move on with their lives after a divorce, circumstances might compel them to seek a modification to parenting time schedules. Sometimes, implementing a significant change only requires a few communications and the submission of an unopposed Motion Regarding Custody to the court. As with initial determinations, judges assess what is in the child’s best interests, which can require a thorough review if a change to the established custodial environment is sought. Some of the most difficult situations arise when a parent wishes to relocate with their child due to a job change, family medical situation or something else. Moves to another state or more than 100 miles away in Michigan require court approval. Whether you’re looking to relocate or are opposing a move that will make it more difficult to see your child, my firm provides assertive advocacy.
Experienced attorney advises on grandparent visitation proceedings
Michigan law allows grandparents to seek visitation rights if certain conditions are met. If you have established a relationship with your grandchild but are no longer able to see them due to divorce, death or some other reason, I will advise you if pursuing a grandparenting time order is a worthwhile option. When appropriate, my firm gathers the information necessary to show how the young person might be harmed unless regular visits with their grandparents take place.
Contact a skillful Grand Rapids child custody attorney for a free consultation
The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC represents Michigan parents in various child custody proceedings. Please call 616-717-1334 or contact me online to make an appointment for a free initial consultation. My office is in Grand Rapids.