12 factors to consider when meeting a friend in court

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – If you have minor children, it is likely that you will meet with Friend of the Court during your divorce. There are important factors that you need to prepare for prior to your meeting. The court looks at the 12 custody factors as a way of determining which parent did what during your marriage. These consist of: who took the children to school, who did their homework, who took the children to doctor appointments, who kept the children involved with religious activities, and more.

Custody Factors:

  1. The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the competing parties and the child
  2. The capacity and disposition of competing parties to give the child love, affection and guidance and continuation of the educating and raising of the child in its religion or creed, if any
  3. The capacity and disposition of competing parties to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in lieu of medical care, and other material needs
  4. The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity
  5. The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home
  6. The moral fitness of the competing parties
  7. The mental and physical health of the competing parties
  8. The home, school and community record of the child
  9. The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient age to express preference
  10. The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent
  11. Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child
  12. Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute

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