"Best Interest of the Child" Factors Explained
When evaluating child custody, the “Best Interest of the Child” is the overarching standard used in determining with whom custody will be granted. The courts will evaluate the 12 factors under MCL 722.33 "Best Interest of The Child" as defined in Child Custody Act of 1970.
How These Factors Affect Your Family Law Case
Parents should be prepared to explain rational for the custody arrangement proposed. The referee or judge will review and compare all factors associated with "Best Interest of the Child" and any additional factors. Each factor is not granted equivalent weight. The courts and judge will look at different factors and weigh them accordingly, depending on the facts of each individual case. Simply because you have more of an advantage in the number of factors that are in your favor, does not guarantee a win for your case. The courts are also known for considered factors with great weight above others, such as proof of abuse.
For personalized information regarding your custody case, call Bahrie Law at (800) 785-9924.
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