The analysis of divorce cases that involve child custody and support in Michigan has changed quite a bit over the last few decades. Family law courts have come to realize that both parents usually need to be involved in the child’s life, from a custody standpoint, and that both parents need to contribute to the child’s upbringing and welfare, from a support standpoint.
This wasn’t always the case. However, the evolution of family law courts means that they also take into account a wide variety of factors that they didn’t use to when they make important decisions involving children in a divorce case.
In recent years, the concept of “parental alienation” has become a factor that courts, sometimes, must consider in the overall dynamics of a divorce case. In its most basic form, the term “parental alienation” typically refers to the manipulation of a child by one parent to harm the relationship with the other parent. In short, it is a psychological concept that might have a significantly negative impact on one parent’s arguments about child custody and support in court.
Your unique divorce case
Most parents usually do what is best for their children, even when they are going through a tough divorce. However, when parental alienation is involved in a case, family law courts face unique challenges to make decisions about what is, ultimately, best for the family involved. Your unique divorce case has different facts and circumstances than any other.
At our law firm, we work to identify the unique factors in our clients’ divorce cases, conscious of the life-long impact the family law court’s decisions will have on all involved. For more information about how we might be able to help when parental alienation is involved in divorce cases in Michigan, please visit our website.