Child custody: Defining a child’s best interests

Child custody is one of many battles for separating parents during the divorce process. The hope is that parents can come to a sound agreement for their child/children. Whether or not this is the case, the courts take a child’s best interests into account. But what are a child’s best interests?

Tipp City News defines a child’s best interests as “a custody situation that helps foster the child’s happiness, safety, and growth.” They also state that “Most courts will agree that unless other evidence is presented, a child benefits most from having a relationship with both their parents. “

Several elements determine the child’s best interests, such as: stability of parents (financially, emotionally, physically), a child’s special needs, abuse history, and a child’s preference (depending on age and ability to make decisions).

Despite many other factors, we had to include these. It’s possible that parents will not come to a sound agreement on their own. In this case, the judge on the custody case will “examine all evidence presented and design a custody plan” that works in the child’s best interests,

Are you worried about your child custody case? At Southern Oaks Law Firm, we’re here to help. Family Law Attorney Taylor Fontenot understands the need to listen and empathize, while providing practical legal advice and high-quality representation. You’re not alone in your time of need. Call Taylor today at 337-704-7255.