Issues like this come up a lot, particularly at this time of year when summer plans are being made. Certainly you can file a Motion on your own but often it takes a long time for Motions to get through the system, particularly when you don’t have a good handle on how these things are treated procedurally. The reality is that it might be too late to file a Motion that will affect this coming summer. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, it simply means that when dealing with custody and parenting time issues, you have to plan ahead. Hiring an experienced, local lawyer can help you do this because local lawyers who practice family law know how the system works and they know how to properly navigate the system. My best advice to you is to set up a consultation with me and we can discuss a strategy to meet your goals, even if that strategy is that you file your own Motion and represent yourself.
Michael Olson is a partner with the law firm of Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC in Howell. He answers readers’ questions on legal matters affecting individuals, their families and their businesses. Email questions to email@example.com, or if your question is urgent, call (517) 548-7400. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.