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Michigan Child Custody Laws

Child custody is probably the most difficult and contentious part of most divorce cases involving children. State child custody laws don't differ too much, since all states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA). The UCCA helps eliminate legal conflicts when custody issues cross state boundaries, such as when a non-custodial parent moves out of the state. Michigan child custody laws recognize grandparent visition rights and allow the option of joint custody.

The following table lists the highlights of Michigan child custody laws. Visit FindLaw's extensive Child Custody section for additional articles and resources.

Code Section 722.21 et seq.
Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted 1976
Joint Custody an Option? Yes, §722.26(a)
Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized? Yes, §722.27(b)
Child's Own Wishes Considered? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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