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The best interests' standard for child custody determinations

When a court is required to make a determination on where a child will live, they must weigh many factors. The court may consider the abilities of the parents to provide the support the child needs, and the limitations the parents may have that will prevent them from being fully available as the child's custodian. The many elements that the court evaluates during the child custody hearing must ultimately support a determination that favors the best interests of the child.

The best interests of a child are those interests that provide the child with security, support, love, and happiness as they grow into a young adult. In some situations, a court may consult with the child in question to get their opinion on what living situation may best serve their needs and meet their interests. The age of the child as well as other factors can influence whether the court will consider the child's preference.

It is important that readers recognize that a child's best interests are unique. Even among children of the same age, an individual child's needs may vary greatly from those of others. Parents should not use the outcome of other custody cases to guess how their own may resolve.

Child custody matters can be emotionally difficult for parents and kids. However, when parents and their attorneys advocate for what will best serve their kids' needs, they can help courts find workable child custody solutions. Parents with further custody questions should talk to their trusted family law attorneys.

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