Few issues are more contentious or complex during a divorce or separation than child custody disputes. As our children are the most precious people in our lives, parents can often encounter great difficulty when negotiating the terms of their child’s living situation and the powers that each parent will have in making important decisions on their children's behalf. At Haskell Law, PC, our skilled Grand Rapids family law attorney understands how important your children are to you and is equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to help negotiate a plan that ensures your relationship with your child is protected.Contact us for a free consultation
“Mr. Haskell has continually exceeded my high expectations. He is prompt in responding to me even outside of traditional office hours, is thorough in his questioning…and is very honest – even when he has had to tell me what I don’t want to hear…. Most of all, he is fair, ethical, and reasonable. When working with Mike, I have never experienced a feeling doubt, something I have found to be common amongst other lawyers. It’s encouraging to know that I am in good hands when working with him. Just as importantly, I am thrilled to share that everyone I have referred Mr. Haskell is equally satisfied. Outcomes regularly exceed expectations.”
Family Law Client
"[F]rom my first conversation with Mike, I knew he was different and the right person to represent my son and I. Working with Mike for months I never thought he didn’t have everything under control. I never felt misled or never got the feeling he was in it for the money… The most important thing of all is that Mike was always inclined to do what was right for my son. If you want an attorney with outstanding communication skills, judgment, interpersonal skills, analytical skills, and perseverance you have come to the right man. Hire Mike, sit back, and watch a MASTER at his craft."
Divorce & Child Custody Client
"I have had the privilege of knowing Michael Haskell for over ten years as an attorney who has provided professional service and consultation to me and to my family. He is a dedicated, intelligent and caring individual who fully commits himself to any and all challenges that he encounters. As a litigator, Mike combines his knowledge of the law with outstanding interpersonal skills, integrity, the ability to effectively communicate and an aptitude to handle conflict... I highly recommend Michael Haskell for any and all legal issues. He is a true professional who always works to ensure the best possible outcome for his client."
“Simply put, Mike Haskell has done more for my daughter and myself in three months than anyone else did in the previous two years. Mike’s legal knowledge and ‘take-no-prisoners’ approach to folks that think that it is okay to deceive the court continues to pay off. I currently have visitation and have re-bonded with my child after a year of having absolutely no contact with her…undoubtedly over the objections of the failed adoptive party. This is just the beginning. Mike is not afraid to fight for what is right… Bottom line – if you find yourself in a daunting situation that requires an attorney with knowledge, compassion, and an understanding of the broken family court system, stop what you are doing and call Mike Haskell. Now.”
Child Custody Client
“Mike is knowledgeable, dedicated, hard working, bright, and reasonable. I highly recommend him.”
Under Michigan law, child custody is granted in the form of legal custody and/or physical custody. Legal custody is the power to make major decisions on behalf of the child, including medical, educational, and financial decisions. Conversely, physical custody refers to a parent’s responsibility to act as a primary physical custodian of the child, including the ability to decide where the child lives.
Depending on the circumstances, legal and physical custody can be granted to parents either jointly or separately.
While parents can negotiate a mutually acceptable arrangement out of court through mediation, in the event that an agreement cannot be reached, the courts may step in and issue a decision that aligns with the child’s best interests.
The presiding judge will consider all of the following factors in their decision:
Whether you seek shared custody, joint custody, or individual custody, our firm's experienced attorney is willing to work closely with you towards an agreement that protects your and your child's wellbeing. While we are committed to doing everything we can to negotiate an amicable agreement, we are fully prepared to pursue litigation to secure the results you need.
Call or email us today to learn how we can help you answer your child custody questions. Your first consultation is free.
With so much at stake in your child custody matter, you cannot afford to leave your case in the hands of a less-experienced attorney.
At Haskell Law, PC, everything we do, we do for our clients. As a single father who has been through a divorce himself, our founding Attorney Mike Haskell understands what you are going through and can protect you from the potential trauma that can come from a mishandled custody dispute.
With customized legal strategies and an unshakable dedication to preserving your rights, we have what it takes to help you get through this difficult experience as smoothly as possible. Haskell Law, PC provides legal counsel to clients throughout West Michigan and is equipped to address your child custody matter.
Schedule your initial consultation with Haskell Law today. You can reach us at (888) 909.7298.