Custody in Michigan – Best interest of the child factor (a)
One of the twelve “best interest of the child” child custody factors set forth in the Child Custody Act is best interest of the child factor (a). Best interest of the child factor (a) examines the love, affection and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child.
I have yet to come across a custody case in Michigan were a parent who wants custody does not love, have affection for, or feels a strong emotional tie with their children. Nor can I recall a case were a parent does not think they are at lease equal ground with the other parent on best interest of the child factor (a).
So how can a court examine best interest of the child factor (a)?
Simply put, Michigan custody lawyers, the Friend of the Court and judges ask questions when examining custody in Michigan and client’s provide answers. Best interest of the child factor (a) tries to explore how each parent feels about the kids and examines the relationship the child has with each parent.
Sample questions regarding the best interest of the child factor (a) include:
- How do you know your children love them?
- What is your child’s favorite food, TV show, books?
- How has the child been impacted by the divorce process?
- What are you doing to help the child through the divorce process?
- Which parent is more likely to hear about your child’s problems, triumphs or adventures?
- Which parent provides comfort to the child in times of need?
- How would your child answer the same questions?
The best interest of the child factor (a) – The love, affection and emotional ties with your child appears subjective and it is. However, a court will try to find an objective answer to best interest of the child factor (a).
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