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What does ”best interests of the child” mean?

During your child custody case in Clinton Township, Michigan, you may be concerned about how the judge will determine whether you or your child’s other parent will be allotted more time with your child. Trusting someone else to decide what is in your child’s best interests may be difficult, especially if you are unsure what factors may be considered. According to Michiganlegalhelp.org, there are a number of pre-determined matters a judge will typically consider when making his or her decision regarding your child custody case.

One thing the judge wants to examine is the bond between you and your child, as well as the bond your child has with the other parent. Factors such as who prepares meals, performs the bedtime routine and deals with daily problems may be considered. The judge may also wonder whether you or your child’s other parent is more likely to be the one who takes care of extracurricular and educational activities, discipline and health needs.

Any physical, mental or emotional health problems that would make raising your child difficult are considered, as well as the home stability of both you and your child’s other parent. While income-earning potential may be a factor, child support is often used to balance it out. However, it may be an issue if one parent has been ordered to pay child support, but has fallen behind. Other negative behaviors such as affairs, verbal abuse or substance abuse may also contribute to the court’s final decision.

This information about considerations that may affect the outcome of your child custody case is not complete and should not be taken as legal advice. However, it may be helpful in understanding the process. 

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