Custody cases can be challenging for everyone involved. When one parent is granted primary custody of a child and the other parent is not happy with that decision, they may appeal the court’s ruling, causing yet another a custody battle to begin in the Court of Appeals.
Such was the case for a client of attorney Tiffany DeBruin. The client, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, was involved in a post-dispositional custody battle that would determine where her child would live following a judge’s decision. At the time this case began, the child lived with attorney DeBruin’s client during the school year, and visited father during the summer months. Unhappy with this arrangement – which was handed down by a Michigan judge – the father appealed to the Court of Appeals.
From here, the decision was reversed and sent back to the original judge for a subsequent hearing. Despite the original reversal, attorney DeBruin argued the merits of the judge’s original decision. After two days, the judge affirmed said decision, and the client was able to maintain primary physical custody during the school year.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.