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Family law: What does best interests of a child really mean?

There is nothing more important than making sure children are happy, healthy and emotionally secure. When it comes to family law in Louisiana, the focus is always on the best interests of the child. That has a myriad of meanings and when it comes to issues of custody and support, solutions should always be made in light of what is optimum for children’s needs.

When it comes to child custody, the best interests of children hinge on all decisions being made regarding what is best for a child’s mental health, happiness, emotional development and security. A child’s safety is paramount. In most instances, it is best when a child can have a loving relationship with both parents, but if there are instances of abuse that may not always be the case. 

Other things that may factor in to what is best for a child might include the wishes of the child, the necessity of a stable home, mental and physical health of parents and the age and gender of a child. A family court judge will look at a number of things that may affect a child’s overall well-being. They will look at cases on a holistic level.

A Louisiana family law attorney, too, will always look at things from the perspective of what is in the best interests of a child. He or she will review a client’s particular case and may be able to offer advice on what those may be keeping in line with the laws of the state. Keeping children safe, healthy and happy is at the forefront of laws that speak to children. 

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