When can a child choose which parent to live with in Michigan?

When can a child choose which parent to live with in Michigan?

Judges will allow children to express a preference. However, children cannot legally choose where to live until they have reached the age of 18 or are determined to be emancipated. CONSISTENCY OVER TIME: Judges will look to see if the children have had a history of expressing a reasonable preference.

What are unfit living conditions?

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Premises may be unfit for any reason, including disrepair or dilapidation, defects in drainage, plumbing, lighting, ventilation or construction, infection with a contagious disease, unsanitary conditions likely to cause sickness to occupants.

Why do courts favor the mother?

In the rare cases where a father requested custody, the judge would rule in favor of the mom. Why? The judges were mostly men and didn’t see child raising as a proper role for a father. The presiding judge would typically see the mother as better suited for this role.

What age can a child say who they want to live with?

There is a common misconception that in Family Law parenting disputes about with whom a child will live, a child will have the deciding vote when they reach the age of 12. This is not the case.