Michigan Child Custody Lawyer Assisting Clients in West Bloomfield
Child custody is often established in Michigan as part of your divorce proceedings. In other words, when two parties decide to get divorced and have children from the marriage, determining legal and physical custody of the child becomes part of the divorce process. However, child custody can also be determined when another family law matter arises, such as a case of domestic violence, as well as when there is a paternity case. The Michigan Child Custody Act of 1970 provides the basic statutory language that governs child custody matters in West Bloomfield.
You should reach out to a West Bloomfield child custody attorney to learn more about how we can assist with your case.
Best Interests of the Child Standard in West Bloomfield Custody Cases
Both legal custody and physical custody are decided according to what is in the best interests of the child. The statute explains that the “best interests of the child” is a term that the court must define in each case based on a number of different factors. The statute cites all of the following factors as potentially relevant in determining the best interests of the child:
- The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child;
- The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to give the child love, affection, and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child in his or her religion or creed, if any;
- The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs;
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
- The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes;
- The moral fitness of the parties involved;
- The mental and physical health of the parties involved;
- The home, school, and community record of the child;
- The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference;
- The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents;
- Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child; and/or
- Any other factor considered relevant by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.
As you can see, there are many different factors that the court weighs in deciding what is in the child’s best interests. Each custody situation is considered by the court on a case-by-case basis, and certain factors may end up weighing more heavily in one case than in another.
Contact a West Bloomfield Child Custody Lawyer
Do you need assistance with your Michigan child custody case? A West Bloomfield child custody lawyer can help. Contact the law office of Paul J. Tafelski to learn more about our family law practice.