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Michigan Child Custody Attorney

Lawyer Protecting Your Physical and Legal Custody Rights

As a dedicated family law attorney, Stacy has been providing West Michigan clients legal services in their child custody disputes, and other family legal issues, for more than 10 years. With an office located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stacy L. Van Dyken offers flexible appointment schedules to better fit your needs. Contact Stacy L. Van Dyken online or call her at (616) 776-3902 to learn how she can be of service to you.

Michigan Attorney Helping You Understand the Child Custody Laws

According to Michigan child custody laws, child custody is granted as legal custody and/or physical custody. Legal and physical custody can be granted jointly or separately, depending on the circumstances:

  • Legal custody, whether granted to one parent or to both jointly, involves major decision making for the minor child, including financial and medical decisions. This also includes educational decisions such as changing a child's school.
  • Physical custody typically designates which parent becomes the primary physical custodian of the minor children and when and where that will take place.
 

Whether you seek shared custody, joint custody, or individual custody, you should work with an experienced child custody attorney to ensure a legal, enforceable, and age-appropriate agreement. You may also visit my page on parenting time to learn more about visitation and parenting schedules before contacting Stacy L. Van Dyken.

More Than 10 Years of Family Law Experience at Your Service

Stacy regularly assists clients with custody agreements and custody disputes. She will carefully learn about your family and your situation and provide advice on the best course of action for you and your family. Her goal is to have the decision-making authority and living arrangements with the more appropriate parent, and according the wishes and interests of the children now and into the future.

Stacy will work tirelessly to try to reach a solid custody agreement before turning over the decision to the family court. Legal and physical child custody determinations are too important to any parent to relinquish to a third party. In extreme disputes, Stacy will zealously argue on your behalf and do everything that she can to seek a court-ordered custody plan that is in your and your family's best interest.

Knowledgeable and Skilled at Seeking Custody Modifications or Enforcement

I have extensive experience representing clients in seeking child custody modification when circumstances change, or when one parent wishes to relocate with the children, or seeks to change the domicile of the children. I can also assist clients in obtaining a contempt finding from family court to help enforce an existing custody order.

Contact a Michigan Child Custody Attorney in Grand Rapids

Contact Stacy L. Van Dyken anytime to schedule an appointment to discuss how she can assist you with your child custody matter.

 

At the Grand Rapids law office of Stacy L. Van Dyken, P.C., we conveniently serve clients throughout West Michigan, including the cities of Holland, Muskegon, and Grand Haven; and throughout Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Barry County, Newaygo County, Montcalm County, and Ionia County.