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?
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.