Question: I was given authority to drug test my ex for 6 months after our trial
ended for the custody of our child. But it doesn't state anything
about what happens if he tested positive. Can I refuse him to take our
child? I certainly don't want to hand over a child to anyone I know
is using substances.
Answer: I agree with your sentiment but would not offer you any specific advice
without reviewing the matter. You are probably best discussing this with
the attorney who is on your case. If the order does not say what you can
do based on a positive test, you should probably try to amend the order.
Moving Without Consent
Question: Can my wife legally take my daughter to move out of the state of Michigan
without my consent? I'm still married and don't have court orders.
Answer: The short answer is "yes." If you need to stop that from happening,
I recommend you contact an attorney.
Bedrooms and Children's Best Interests
Question: What is the law about a child having a bedroom? My 14 year old step son
is saying he wants to stay at his mom's house and only come here every
other weekend. If he is here for four nights a month does he have to have
a bedroom of his own or can he sleep on a bed in the living room so my
youngest son can have the room?
Answer: I am not aware of any law in Michigan which regulates this. Your obligation
to your child is to act in a manner that is consistent with your child's
best interests, keeping him in a safe and healthy environment. When you
as a parent make decisions regarding the health and safety of a child,
you always run the risk of CPS, law enforcement, another parent or a judge
in a custody case disagreeing with your decisions. Therefore, you want
to make the best decisions you can. If you have a family law attorney,
you should ask this question of your attorney. If your situation with
your step-son's dad is contentious, you may want to get an attorney
involved to help you with that decision.