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Family Issues: Custody & Parenting Time

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Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Custody Cases

Powerpoint overview of Michigan custody law as it applies to parents with criminal convictions.

Temporary Authorization for Kinship Care

To forestall against unnecessary guardianships, a parent facing incarceration of six months or less should sign a Temporary Authorization for Kinship care, or power of attorney. This document provides information on how to do so.


MCL 700.5204(2)(b)

If a parent is incarcerated and has failed to provide legal authority to the person with whom the child is placed, the caretaker can obtain a guardianship. But if the individual who has guardianship or custody is unwilling to return the child, it can be extremely difficult for a parent to regain custody.

Other pages in this section: Children & Families of the Incarcerated - Child Support - Custody & Parenting Time - Parental Rights Termination - Parole & Probation Restrictions on Family Contact - Ability to be an Adoptive or Foster Parent

Section overview: Family Issues

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