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The best interests of the child in a custody dispute

California parents want what is best for their child, and often they are the individuals who are best suited to make decisions about their child's upbringing. When parents agree about how to raise their kids and prioritize the influences that come into their lives then the process of protecting the children's best interests can be rather straightforward. However, when a couple separates or divorces and finds it difficult to meet on common ground for their kids, protecting the child's best interests can be more challenging.

In a matter of child custody parents and the court must determine the best interests of the child before a resolution may be made. A court will not sign off on a child custody agreement that may be detrimental to a child. Once a custody matter makes it into the family court system, the rights of children and their legal protection become of the utmost importance.

Every child's situation must be evaluated independently; different children have different needs and therefore their interests must be protected in different ways. If a child is old enough to have a reasonable opinion on where they should live a court may entertain the child's custodial preferences. If a child has special needs or health problems that are better accommodated by one parent, then that parent may be in a better position to serve the child's unique interests.

Other factors, such as where the child attends school, the manners in which the parents discipline the child and the age of the child can also weigh on how a court determines their custody. It is important that parents prepare themselves for child custody negotiations and recognize how California courts make these important decisions based on the best interests of the child.

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