Child Custody Best Interest Factors in Michigan

Michigan Child Custody Factors:

Courts look at these factors when considering which parent should have physical custody of a child when there is a dispute and the parties can’t come to an agreement.  This will give you an idea of what you want to consider when proceeding with your case.


Best Interest Factors



Michigan looks to the following factors when determining the best interests of a child:

  • The love, affection and other emotional ties between the parents and the child;
  • The capacity/disposition of the parties to give the child love, affection and guidance, and to continue the education and raising the child in its religion;
  • The capacity/ disposition of the parties involved to provide the child with food, clothing and care;
  • The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  • The permanence of the existing or proposed home;
  • The moral fitness of the parties;
  • The mental and physical health of the parties;
  • 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 it;
  • The willingness of the parties to facilitate/ encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent;
  • Domestic violence
  • Any other factor that the court considers to be relevant.
Joint Custody Factors When making the joint custody decision, the court will consider whether the parents will be able to cooperate and generally agree concerning decisions affecting the child’s welfare.