Michigan divorce and child custody laws are supposed to be gender-neutral. Unfortunately, men aren’t always treated fairly when it comes to critical issues such as child custody and alimony. Our divorce lawyers, including our male divorce attorneys, are here to make sure all of our clients are treated fairly according to Michigan law.
Examples of Issues Males May Face in Michigan Divorce Cases
As a husband or father, you may face significant battles in your divorce, including but not limited to:
- Child custody disputes. Michigan law does not favor mothers over fathers. Instead, child custody decisions should be based on the 12 factors outlined in Michigan law. Unfortunately, personal gender bias may still impact your child custody agreement. Despite what the law says, some judges may favor mothers over fathers when it comes to child custody decisions. We understand that your children are one of your top priorities. You deserve to have a close relationship and an active role in raising your children. Our legal team will explain to the court all of the reasons why your consistent involvement in your children’s lives is in your children’s best interests, and we will do everything we can to get you the child custody agreement you seek.
- Parental alienation. It can be challenging to co-parent and to maintain a relationship with your children if your former spouse tries to interfere with your parent-child relationships. Your former spouse may do irreparable damage. Therefore, it’s critical to stop any attempt to alienate you from your kids as soon as possible. If your spouse doesn’t stop interfering, then an attorney may try to modify your child custody agreement in your favor. Additionally, your attorney may ask the court to impose sanctions against your former spouse.
- Relocation complications. After your divorce, you or your former spouse may want to move or may need to relocate for work. If you share children, relocation may impact child custody and visitation agreements. Your relationship with your children could suffer. An experienced family law attorney can help you work through these complicated issues and protect the best interests of your children.
- Alimony disputes. Men often face two potential issues in alimony disputes. First, your spouse may request an unreasonable amount of alimony. Before you agree to any alimony settlement, you should consult with an attorney who will review it to determine what, if anything, you need to pay. Second, you may be entitled to alimony from your wife. If your wife makes more money than you do and you qualify for alimony pursuant to Michigan law, you should not hesitate to fight for alimony payments in your divorce settlement.
- False allegations of abuse. Some women may make up stories of physical or emotional abuse to try to influence divorce or custody proceedings. The court should take all allegations of abuse seriously to protect potential victims. However, you shouldn’t be held accountable for abuse that never occurred. Your lawyer might need to address unfounded abuse allegations to avoid potential legal complications.
Many of these issues are based on false or outdated stereotypes that have no basis in 21st century Michigan law.
Let Our Family Law Attorneys Help You Achieve Your Post-Divorce Goals
Our Bloomfield Hills family law attorneys are here to make sure that you are treated fairly. We won’t let bias impact your divorce agreement, and we will fight as hard as you do to help you maintain a relationship with your children.
We passionately believe that men have equal rights in Michigan divorces. Our attorneys are here for you whether you are anticipating a divorce, in the middle of a divorce, or seeking to amend a divorce agreement.
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