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Michigan Child Custody Laws

Child custody is probably one of the most difficult and contentious parts of separating from your child's other parent. State child custody laws don't differ too much, since all states (except Massachusetts) have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). Michigan child custody laws also recognize grandparent visitation rights and allow the option of joint custody.

This article provides a brief overview of child custody laws in the state of Michigan.

Child Custody Laws in Michigan: At a Glance

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. of the Michigan Compiled Laws

Year Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Adopted


Joint Custody an Option?

Yes, § 722.26(a)

Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?

Yes, § 722.27(b)

Child's Own Wishes Considered?


Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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If you and your child's other parent are separating, you might not agree on who gets custody of the child or what the custody arrangement looks like. There are many other factors to consider in these determinations, but the court's primary concern will be the child's best interests. One of the best ways to get a handle on the process is to seek guidance from an experienced family law attorney.

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