Getting a divorce with children can lead to many questions, especially when the children will spend time with each parent. The Sarnacki Law Firm in Grand Rapids offers divorce and family law services, including help with child custody. Below, we’ll take a look at the types of child custody. Call for a consultation today.

Legal Custody

Legal custody involves which parent (or both) has the right to make important decisions in their child’s life and regarding their future. Examples include what religion they will be raised up in, what school they will attend, and any major medical decisions that arise.

Physical Custody

Physical custody in a Michigan divorce refers to the child’s living arrangements. For instance, this can involve the amount of time spent at each parent’s house. The best parenting plans WORK–for parents and children alike.

Sole Custody

Sole custody has become rare, as both parents are recognized as valuable contributors to the child’s overall upbringing. However, there are cases in which one parent may be unable to care for the child in some way, (an absent parent, neglectful or abusive parent, or one that is fighting addiction).

Joint Custody

Joint custody is when both parents share custody of the child. In the State of Michigan, there is a joint custody law that advises joint custody on the assumption that that is what is best for the child. While the parenting time may vary, many cases fall within the joint custody umbrella.


The Sarnacki Law Firm is well-versed in the child custody laws and requirements in the State of Michigan. Call for a consultation today.