The Best Interest of the Child

Information from a Trusted Hudson Valley Family Lawyer

Most parents understand that the "best interest of the child" will play a critical role in a child custody matter, but few grasp what this concept means inside the courtroom. The court must review many different factors to decide what they believe is best for a child’s upbringing and not all parents are prepared with how extensive and far-reaching some of these considerations are. It is always best to face custody hearings knowing the full breadth of this concept and with answers ready for any concerns the court might have.

For nearly 10 years, The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC has been serving the families of Hudson Valley and Dutchess County. Legal uncertainties are always a strain on families, especially when there are children involved. Our firm always approaches our client needs with attentiveness and ensures that your legal goals are fearlessly fought for both in and outside the courtroom.

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What is the "best interest of the child?"

When ruling on custody matters, the court has several goals in mind. On one hand, it is trying to determine and maintain stability for the child as the parents go their separate ways. Additionally, it is also trying to forecast any problems that might emerge and threaten the well-being of the child.

The "best interest of child" considerations can include:

  • The parenting capabilities of each parent
  • The child's relationship with each parent
  • The child's relationship with siblings and other family members
  • Each parent's work schedule or other non-parenting responsibilities
  • Which parent has been primarily responsible for daily childcare
  • The parents' ability to work cooperatively
  • Each parent's ability to encourage the child's relationship with the other parent
  • Any domestic abuse concerns
  • The child's wishes (age depending)

Every family is different and the needs and concerns that are relevant to your child's upbringing will be individually addressed by the court. That is why it is critical to have proper counsel by your side during this process. At our Poughkeepsie family law firm, clients can rest assured that their voices will be heard and that their essential role in the raising of their child will be properly represented.

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