What Does "Best Interest of the Child" Mean?
Your children are young. They are going through a very difficult time that could affect them for the rest of their lives. Divorce, Child Custody and Termination of parental rights are hard on families going through changes. They are especially difficult for children. Nearly all courts base their decisions on what is in the best interest of the child. When there are parenting decisions to be made and parents cannot agree, family court judges will use this standard to make decisions.
Evidence of consistent parenting ability, and their conduct and fitness
Opinions of expert witnesses
Age, and health of children
Who has been the primary caregiver
medical, emotional and psychological factors of parents and children
Safety of the children