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How Michigan determines the “best interests of the child”

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2021 | Child Custody |

When you go through a Michigan divorce, you may find yourself navigating it in a way you feel is most beneficial for any children you and your soon-to-be-ex share. Your ex may feel as if he or she is doing the same. However, if you two have different opinions about what is best for your child and where he or she should live after your split, you may need the state to come up with a custody arrangement for you.

Per the Michigan Courts, the state may examine the following variables, among others, when assessing your child’s best interests and making decisions about where he or she should live and when.

The existing ties between parents and children

If you and your ex both maintained an active presence in your child’s life to date, Michigan’s family court system may come up with an arrangement that allows you to continue to do so. On the flip side, if you were your child’s only active parent and your ex was an absentee one, you may wind up with more time with your child than your ex.

The wishes of your child

If the state’s family court system decides your child is old enough and mature enough to have a say in custody proceedings, your son or daughter’s own wishes about where to live may carry weight.

Other areas that may undergo review during Michigan child custody proceedings include each parent’s ability to provide a stable home environment and the mental health, physical health and moral fitness of both parties seeking custody, among others.