12 Factors Used to Determine Child Custody

Residents of Troy and other nearby areas of Michigan may want to learn more about what the state considers the “best interests of the child.” This is based on the Child Custody Act of 1970 as enacted by Michigan.

What is in the best interests of a child?

Everyone wants to consider the children’s welfare when it comes to divorce. According to the Michigan Legislature, Section 722.23 there are 12 factors that may receive consideration when ensuring the best interests of the child is the goal. These are the following factors that receive consideration for child custody:

  1. The emotional ties and love between the parents and the child
  2. The ability of the parties to give the child guidance, love and affection, in addition to considering education and religious factors
  3. The capacities of the parents to provide the basics of food, clothing, medical and other care
  4. The length of time the child has lived in a stable and satisfactory environment while maintaining a sense of continuity
  5. The permanence of the home or homes where the child will live
  6. The moral fitness of those involved
  7. The physical and mental health of those involved
  8. The child’s home, school and community record
  9. The preferences of the child, if of sufficient age to express
  10. The willingness of each parent to foster a parent-child relationship with the other parent
  11. Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence directly affected or was witnessed by the child
  12. Any other information that may be relevant to a dispute for child custody

The courts of Michigan review many factors when handling cases of child custody. The best interests of the child are a foremost consideration.

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