Children have the right to an adequate standard of living, health care, education, and services. Children have the right to be raised in a home led by a parent who is empathetic and emotionally supportive. Children have the right to enjoy a healthy relationship with both of their parents and extended family members. They have the right to a balanced diet, a warm bed to sleep in and protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and discrimination.
Placement in a home that affords the child the greatest percentage of these factors is in the court’s view …in the child’s best interests.
It is easy for parents caught up in conflict to focus their case on only one or two of these factors. But the court must look at all of these factors when determining what is in “the best interests” of the child.