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How do Michigan courts decide child custody?

No one involved in the child custody process takes the responsibility lightly. Parents who may gain custody of a child after a divorce or court proceeding are assumed to be loving, dedicated people, and judges realize they have a young life in their hands. This is why Michigan has rules on how child custody is decided.

What kind of child custody may a court order?

Sole custody exists when a parent has the primary responsibility to house and feed a child, while joint custody means that privileges and responsibilities are shared. Beyond physical custody, legal custody may also divide up rights to decide schooling, religious activities and more.

What factors of parents go into the decision?

The emotional and material ties to a child are considered, as well as parents' ability to provide for children on a daily basis. The family life, health and moral fortitude of parents are also vital factors.

What factors of children affect the decision?

A child's school or community record may indicate the best living situation for a thriving future. A child's own preference, as well as the likelihood of a child to prefer a living situation in the future, also matter in family court proceedings.

How can a parent increase the chances of a favorable child custody decision?

A calm, collected demeanor and a good relationship with a child is very important at all times. Legal representation can help with some of the more difficult aspects of child custody agreements or hearings, and an attorney may also work with other parents and their lawyers to hammer out disagreements as quickly as possible.

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