What is the best interests of the child?

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2020 | Family Law

When it comes to deciding questions of parenting time with your kids, the court considers what is in the best interest of your child. That is the main controlling factor when a court is evaluating parenting time and decision making. When the court has to evaluate that, it is going to look at a whole lot of factors. According to VeryWellFamily, this includes where the kids live, where their schools are, who are their doctors, and what can each parent offer the children in each of those areas. If your objective is to spend more time with your kids more often, you need to be involved in those areas more. Do you live close to the school? Can you pick the kids up? Can you drop them off? Those sorts of things help the court award you more parenting time if you can facilitate those needs of the children. 

Education is huge, and so being involved in a child’s school and being able to help your child through the school is definitely in your child’s best interests, and so that helps you spend more time with your kids. The court will look at who has been the primary parent to the child up to the point when you are entering your divorce. This is to ensure that you keep consistency in the family home. 

The court is also going to look at which parent is going to promote the love for the child or of the child for the other parent. So if you start disparaging your spouse, the court is going to look very unkindly on that because they are interested in keeping the child as close to both parents as possible.