is a child custody action?
A custody action is brought under the
Michigan Child Custody Act, MCL 722.21 et. seq. Custody cases are filed in
Circuit Court. They are filed by
parent(s) of the child or in some cases other persons (i.e., grandparents,
is a minor guardianship proceeding?
A minor guardianship proceeding is a
case in which a “substitute parent” (i.e., guardian) is sought for a child. Rights of the child’s parents are suspended,
but not terminated. Guardianship cases
are filed in Probate Court. There are
two types of minor guardianships – limited and full. A limited guardianship is done by consent,
and can only be filed by the child’s custodial parent(s). For more information, please see Limited
Guardianship for Minors and Full Guardianship for Minors.