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Defining your child’s best interests

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2023 | Child Custody |

Matters can be complicated when a divorce involves children. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse need to make decisions considering your kid. You will develop a parenting plan, which the court will validate. Unfortunately, when doing this, you may disagree on what is in your child’s best interest.

Here is what you need to know.  

Your different parenting skills may be a problem

Of course, you and the other parent may have had different parenting styles, which may have worked when you were under the same roof. However, when going through a divorce, the other parent may want to raise the child according to their values. As a result, you two may differ on what’s best for them.

Both of you may be right and want the best for your child, but your difference in the definition/approach of what this is may cause conflicts.

Your mistakes may be magnified

No one is perfect – you make mistakes, and at times they may relate to your parenting. While these mistakes may have been understandable in the marriage, your spouse can use them against you during the divorce, portraying it may not be in the best interest for you to have primary custody, and so on.

What should you do?

If you and your spouse disagree on what it’s in the child’s best interest, you should go to court. The judge will assess several standard factors to give an order, including: 

  • Safety 
  • Capacity to provide 
  • Emotional ties and relationships between the child and the parents 
  • Mental and physical capacity of the parents and the child

With these factors, the court will determine what’s in the child’s best interest.

If you are going through a divorce with a kid(s), you may need to get legal guidance to make informed decisions.