Child Custody

Grand Rapids Child Custody Attorneys

Comprehensive Family Law Services in Western Michigan

Family law matters can be some of the most difficult to navigate and resolve, especially when it comes to child custody cases. Custody disputes can be highly contentious and emotional, and they can leave parents feeling uncertain and anxious.

At McShane & Bowie, we understand how important it is for parents to be able to spend time with their children. We are committed to helping you protect your parental rights and work toward a resolution that is in the best interest of you and your child. We know how to navigate the legal system, and we know how to negotiate. Our firm can help you create an arrangement that is sensible and practical.

Contact our firm to schedule a consultation with our experienced child custody lawyers in Grand Rapids. Contact McShane & Bowie online or dial (616) 747-7922.

Understanding Child Custody Arrangements in Michigan

Our firm represents parents seeking either sole or joint custody. We can also help you to create an arrangement that is best for your family. Some of the most common custody arrangements in Michigan are:

  • Sole custody: One parent has primary care of the child
  • Joint custody: Both parents share legal and physical custody of their children
    • Joint Legal Custody: Parents share decision-making authority over major decisions affecting the child's wellbeing. The amount of time the child spends with each parent does not affect joint custody. 
    • Joint Physical Custody: Each parent will have the child with them at different times. However, unless the judge has also granted joint legal custody, this does not imply that the parents will necessarily share decision-making authority. For example, one parent could have physical custody throughout the school year, alternate weekends, and alternate holidays, while the other parent has physical custody during the summer months, alternate weekends, and alternate holidays. 
      If the judge grants joint physical custody, the court order will normally contain a schedule of when the child will live with each parent. The court ruling may require the parents to share physical custody in order for the child to have contact with both parents. During the time a child lives with a parent, that parent makes all regular and emergency decisions for the child.

Local Support for Child Custody in Grand Rapids

Living in Grand Rapids, you know that family is at the heart of our community. Whether you're enjoying a day at John Ball Zoo or taking a stroll through the Frederik Meijer Gardens, the well-being of your children is always a priority. At McShane & Bowie, we understand the unique challenges that parents in Grand Rapids face when dealing with child custody issues.

Personalized Legal Services 

Our firm is well-versed in the local legal landscape and familiar with the resources available to families in Kent County. We know that navigating the complexities of the Michigan family court system can be daunting, especially when you're dealing with the emotional stress of a custody dispute. That's why we can help you every step of the way.

We recognize that each family is different, and we take the time to understand your specific situation. Whether you're dealing with joint custody arrangements or seeking sole custody, our goal is to create a plan that works best for you and your child. We also understand the importance of compliance with court orders and can assist you in enforcing custody agreements if necessary.

At McShane & Bowie, we are committed to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal support to help you pursue the best possible outcome for your family. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward resolving your child custody concerns.

Legal Support for Enforcing Child Custody Orders

Even parents who have agreed on a parenting arrangement can find themselves in disagreement. If a parent fails to comply with a custody order, qualified custody lawyers in Grand Rapids can assist you in enforcing the order through the legal system. We can submit a motion to enforce the order, and we can ask the court to hold the other parent in contempt of court for violating the order.

For compassionate legal representation and personalized attention, contact our seasoned Grand Rapids child custody attorneys at McShane & Bowie. Call (616) 747-7922.

Commonly Asked Questions

How can a parent enforce a child custody order in Grand Rapids if the other parent is not complying?

If a parent in Grand Rapids is not adhering to a custody order, the other parent can seek legal support to enforce the agreement. Experienced child custody attorneys can file a motion to enforce the order and request the court to hold the non-compliant parent in contempt. This legal action ensures that the custody arrangement is respected and that the child's well-being is maintained according to the court's decision.

Why should I choose McShane & Bowie for my child custody case in Grand Rapids?

Choosing McShane & Bowie for your child custody case in Grand Rapids means you'll receive compassionate legal representation tailored to your unique situation. Our firm is committed to protecting your parental rights and crafting a custody arrangement that serves the best interest of your child. With a deep understanding of the legal system and a dedication to negotiation, our experienced attorneys will guide you through every step of the process, ensuring you have the support you need during this challenging time.

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