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What does best interests of the child really mean?

The best interests of the child is a commonly-used term in family law matters, particularly when courts are hearing child custody petitions. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, no all-inclusive definition of the term exists. However, with a little information, you can develop an understanding of the ways this terminology applies to child custody decisions.

What do courts look at when deciding a child custody case?

Child custody disagreements during divorce court proceedings are perhaps the most difficult that any parent will ever have to endure. In the state of Pennsylvania, courts strive to decide child custody arrangements in a way that is in the best interest of the child involved. While this fact is certainly re-assuring, the courts also rely on the information provided to them as evidence and arguments by both sides in court. As such, it is important that parents embroiled in a child custody suit are aware of what information courts review in order to rule on a child custody case.

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