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How do courts decide who gets the kids?

In the vast majority of cases in Oakland County, Macomb County or Wayne County, the parents settle the issue of custody and parenting time between themselves before a trial. In some cases in which the parents cannot work it out themselves and the court has to decide, there are a number of “best interest” factors the court will consider and decide which parent is favored by each factor.

In the end, the judge will add them all up and make the decision based on which parent meets most of these factors, including the custody arrangement. The parents should be able to come up with parenting time arrangements, but it they can’t do that, the judge will step in then, too.

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