Laws in regard to custody and parenting time in Michigan including penalties can be found in the Michigan Penal Code Chapters 350 and 552. Established to ensure the best environment for children, there are times when disagreements between parents occur. From the custody arrangement to the visitation or parenting time, it is imperative that each parent follow the rules set by the court and monitored by the Friend of the Court or face the consequences which can be harsh including losing your parenting rights.
After a separation, a custody arrangement will be made. Any interference with these rights in Michigan may jeopardize these arrangements. Interference in custody arrangements includes agreements that are the result of a family court decision.This may include dropping them off late on a school night, dropping them off late and interfering with plans and not so obvious actions as well intended to interfere with their time together. The Friend of the Court is required to provide enforcement services for parenting time orders in Michigan (MCL 552.511b).
While there may be occasions when a parent may not live up to the agreements regarding custody set up by the judge, purposeful or habitual offenses may require the assistance of the courts. The court’s punishments regarding interference in legal custody and parenting time depend on a variety of issues however, if you are facing issues regarding interference with your parenting time or custody you may proceed three ways:
- Contact Friend of the Court and request enforcement
- Contact your attorney
- Contact the police or a prosecuting attorney if you believe the child may not be returned
Custody, visitation and kidnapping are complicated issues. Whether you are being accused of interfering with or are facing an ex who is interfering with your time, an experienced attorney can help. Like many other family law issues, laws regarding custody and visitation vary from state to state making it imperative that you hire a qualified attorney knowledgeable not only about general law but family law in Michigan.
Custody/Visitation Attorney Gaylord MI
Harris Law is a Custody/Visitation attorney Gaylord. Well versed in all family law issues including custody and parenting time laws, we can help you. If you are facing issues regarding custody/visitation in Michigan, contact Harris Law at 231.347.4444.