The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution protect a parent's custodial rights. However, such rights are not absolute and may be terminated. There is no substantive due-process right to live together as a family. Doe v Oettle, 97 Mich App 183, 293 NW2d 760 (1980). Parents are not held to ideal standards in the care of their children but to minimum statutory standards. Fritts v Krugh, 354 Mich 97, 92 NW2d 604 (1958).
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
Scarnecchia, Suellyn. "Child Protection Law." In Michigan Family Law. 4th ed., edited by J. A. Curtis et al. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1993.