In family law, the “child’s best interest” standard is used by the court to determine child custody and visitation schedules. This standard factors in the child’s physical, mental, and emotional needs, and will almost always take priority over the desires of the parents.
Texas allows its judges to make decisions as they see fit for individual cases. The definition of a “child’s best interest” is vague for a reason, and allows the court to determine what is best for each child that comes through the system. Overall, Texas’s best interest standard must adhere to Texas’ overall public policy when it comes to the wellbeing of the child. The public policy is:
Some factors that are used to determine the child’s best interest include, but is not limited to:
Despite the court’s focus of the best interest standard, overall they wish to adhere to their focus on public policy. This means that there are factors that the court will take into consideration, such as:
Child custody and visitation rights issues can be emotionally taxing and legally complex. An experienced Texas child custody lawyer can help you determine your best course of action, provide legal guidance, and represent your best interests in court.
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