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Michigan Child Custody

In divorce, Michigan uses several child custody considerations to help determine child custody. When establishing child custody, the Michigan divorce court will consider what's in the best interest of the child, as well as the following factors:

  • Emotional ties between the parents and child
  • Parents' ability to give love and guidance
  • Ability of the parents to continue the child's education and religion
  • Capacity of the parent to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care and other material needs
  • Length of time the child has lived in a stable environment and the desire to maintain
  • Permanence of the existing custodial home
  • Moral fitness and health of the parties involved
  • Child's home, school and community record
  • Willingness of one parent to encourage a close relationship between the child and other parent
  • Evidence of domestic violence
  • Other relevant factors

A local Michigan divorce lawyer can explain how the circumstances of your divorce can affect the child custody order. Get in touch with a Michigan divorce attorney near you by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Michigan divorce case review form. Get started on protecting a relationship with your child today.

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The above synopsis of Michigan divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Michigan divorce lawyer in your area.

Michigan divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.