Further commenting on Michigan's "best interests of the child" factors brings us to the seventh, or factor (g), "the mental and physical health of the parties involved". This seems to be pretty much straightforward, providing the actual evidence, or better yet, an admission from one of the parties of ill health, is admitted.
My personal feeling on this one is that the local FOC's investigation of "the relevant facts" here is lacking even the smallest of effort. In my personal case, my ex-wife lost this factor, due to all of her emotional and mental demons. The judge actually believed the admitted factual testimony here, but no thanks to the Friend of the Court investigator, who completely (and deliberately) failed to look at the "relevant facts" beforehand.
All one has to do is to check ANY reputable source-the American Medical Association comes to mind-and look at the real numbers concerning the likelihood of how many moms verses how many dads suffer from emotional, mental, and physical ills. The National Organization of Women (NOW) will love me for this, but look at the facts. Just one special notation-women are several times more likely to suffer from depression than men are. If you have ever lived with a spouse who refuses to deal with her depression issues, you are living in Hell itself. Take my word for it.
Women are simply NOT as healthy, mentally, or emotionally, as men are. Those are the facts, plain and simple.
Straightforward, but yet another of the "factors" that any FOC investigator and any judge will twist to their liking if given the opportunity.
A Father of Two