Doing What's Best for the Child

One of the toughest parts of a divorce involves making decisions relating to children. One is supposed to make decisions "In the best interests of the child." What does this really mean?

The words "best interests of the child" can have different meanings. This is why laws in most States define "best interests" by listing a number of factors. Judges are directed to look at the following factors:

  • the wishes of both parents
  • the wishes of the child
  • the relationship between the child and his parents, siblings and others important people in his life
  • the child's adjustment to home, school & community
  • The emotional & physical health of everyone involved.

The best interests of the child should largely be focused toward the type of relationship and bonding the child has with which parent. Ask yourself where will he be happiest? Letting the child have a say is often in his best interests, not merely what the parents think is best. The focus is "in the best interests of the child."

If you are involved in a child custody matter, the Law Office of Douglas N. Fox covering Gwinnett County and Lawrenceville can help you come to decisions that are important and need to be made correctly from the beginning. Contact a Lawrenceville divorce lawyer at our firm today to schedule a consultation by calling 770-277-4883.