How Courts Determine Child Custody And Visitation
You may be familiar with the phrase "In the best interests of the child." This term can seem very subjective. In many ways, the court needs this statute to be flexible. Not every family looks the same and circumstances vary widely. But, there are a number of factors that the court will consider when evaluating what is in your child's best interests. These include:
- Each parent's ability to provide for the child's physical needs, including medical care
- Each parent's mental and physical health
- Each parent's willingness to foster a positive relationship between their child and their child's other parent
- The child's existing community, education, and social relationships
- The child's preferences
- Any history of domestic violence, substance abuse or another criminal activity
While the courts can decide contested custody disputes, it is always preferable for families to work out their custody agreements together. In an ideal world, both parents will come to the table and decide together how to best care for their child. Our attorneys can represent you in court or negotiations.
Work With A Child Custody Lawyer Who Cares About Your Family
Pinnacle Family Law is located in Novi, Michigan, and provides services to Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. We are committed to your family's long-term health. Our legal solutions help you build a strong family. Your consultation is free. You can reach us at (248) 290-8102.