Types of Custody
1 – Sole Custody
This type of custody occurs when both primary physical custody and legal custody are given to one parent. This is type of custody is only given when the judge decides the parents cannot work together for the benefit of their child.
2 – Joint Custody
This type of custody is when both parents have custody of the child and can be broken down into two subsections;
- Joint Legal Custody – Joint legal custody means that parents share decision-making authority that affect the welfare of the child.
- Joint Physical Custody – Joint physical custody means that the parents will not necessarily share decision-making authority, even though they will both care for the child.
10 Factors Courts Consider the Child Custody in Michigan
1. The emotional ties the child has formed through love and affection to the individual parties
2. The ability of either party to provide love and affection to the child
3. The ability of either party to provide food, clothing, medical care, and other material needs
4. The length of time in which the child has lived in a healthy environment
5. The permanence of a family unit in the child’s unit
6. The overall morality of the individual parties
7. The overall mental and physical health of the parties involved
8. The child’s record of school and community
9. The child’s parental preferences provided they are at the age to express it
10. The ability to facilitate a relationship with the child and their relationship with the other party.