Legal Custody involves the question of who makes the decisions for the major events in the children's lives surrounding education, medical, and religion. Generally, the court believes it is in the best interest of the minor children to have both parents play active roles in their lives and in these decisions. Unless there is a very good reason that parents cannot communicate effectively to make these types of decisions, the court favors joint legal custody.
Physical Custody describes which parent has the care and control of the children the majority of the time. It is not necessary under Michigan Law to designate physical custody. It is more important to outline Parenting Time.
Parenting Time describes the actual time when each parent has the care and control of the minor children. There are many schedules that can be utilized and no one schedule is going to work for every family. It is always in the best interest of the minor children for both parents to agree on a parenting time schedule that is going to work for your children and your family. Call to schedule a consultation to discuss what potential options might work for your family.