The aim of any family law matter that concerns children is to ensure that decisions that are made are made in the best interests of the children involved. This can sometimes be a shift in focus for the parents involved in the matters as they need to be thinking about what is best for the child rather than what may have led to end of their relationship.
In family law matters involving children there are two key factors that need to need to be considered when making decisions. These are:
The children’s right to have meaningful relationships with both parents
The children’s right to be protected from harm, including abuse, neglect, or violence.
Some other factors that can influence decisions of the court include:
· The children’s wishes
· The nature of their relationship with both parents and other significant people
· How a change of circumstances will impact the children
· Each parent’s ability to meet the children’s needs
· The age, lifestyle, culture, and traditions of the children
· The risk of harm to the children