In addition to the best interest factors, the court in establishing parenting time looks to the additional nine facts set forth below and pursuant to MCLA 722.271(6), MSA 25.312(7a) for guidance in establishing the frequency, duration and type of parenting time to be granted:
- The existence of any special circumstances or needs of the child.
- Whether the child is a nursing child less than 6 months of age, or less than 1 year of age if the child receives substantial nutrition through nursing.
- The reasonable likelihood of abuse or neglect of the child during their time with the child.
- The reasonable likelihood of abuse of a parent resulting from the exercise of parenting time.
- The inconvenience to, and burdensome impact or effect on, the child of traveling for purposes of parenting time.
- Whether a parent can reasonably be expected to exercise their time in accordance with the court order.
- Whether a parent has frequently failed to exercise reasonable time with your child.
- The threatened or actual detention of the child with the intent to retain or conceal the child from the other parent or from a third person who has legal custody. A custodial parent’s temporary residence with the child in a domestic violence shelter shall not be construed as evidence of the custodial parent’s intent to retain or conceal the child from the other parent.
- Any other relevant factors.
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