When the court is faced with making important parenting decisions, they focus solely on the best interests of the child. This comes into play in the following situations:
- Child custody, including who can have contact with the child.
- Parenting time.
- Parental responsibilities.
As a parent, you need to get on board with the idea that there is nothing more important than the best interests of your child. Although you may not always like the decisions made by the court, as long as your child is in a better place you should be happy in the end.
Some of the factors that the court takes into consideration include:
- The history of the child’s care.
- The emotional well being of the child.
- The health of the child.
- The relationship between the child and both parents.
- The child’s stage of development, often based on his or her age.
- Any history of family violence or abuse.
When all parties involved focus solely on the best interests of the child, there is no question as to whether or not the right decisions have been made.
It can be difficult to go through a divorce, for example. This is even more so the case if you have at least one child with your former spouse. Although you are going to face challenges, although you’ll have many questions, you need to do what’s best for the child.
If you have questions or concerns, learn more about the law by consulting with an attorney in British Columbia and reviewing Section 37 of the Family Law Act.
Source: Legal Services Society, “Best interests of the child,” accessed Sep. 21, 2016