Why the child’s best interests matter so much

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Few things make a divorce drag out in Boca Raton, Florida, like child custody proceedings. The arrangement that is made is often very important to both spouses, but they also tend to want things to be worked out in their favor. Even finding a fair agreement can be hard, as neither side may agree with it, but this is the goal.

This also takes time because the court knows that they have to get it right. It could have such a huge impact on the child’s life. While the parents are choosing to get divorced, the child is not choosing that situation, so it is unfair to settle on an agreement that does not focus on that child’s best interests. This is the core of every decision that is made.

On top of that, the decision could immediately impact the child’s life in numerous ways. It could change how close the child lives to his or her friends, where the child goes to school, where he or she is going to spend summer vacation and more.

This can be very jarring to a child. Children are always developing and processing the world, and events like this can have a bigger impact on their emotional well-being than they even will have on adults. The court will try to find a solution that provides a smooth transition, keeping the child’s life as similar as possible to the way it was before the divorce.

To learn more about your rights when it comes to child custody or to find out more about how the court makes its decisions, please visit our helpful webpage as soon as you can!