The well-being of children is often at the mercy of the choices made by adults. Because of this, the family law courts ensure that a child's best interests are top priority when constructing a child custody arrangement. Which factors can be considered during the child custody process when determining what is in a child's best interest?
Because every child is different, what will be in the best interests of one child, may not be relevant to another. There is a long list of potential items that could be heavily influential when a court makes a child custody determination, including the wishes of the child, the health and wellness of the parents, any special needs a child might have, and religious or spiritual concerns. Beyond that, other factors such as relationships with other family members and parental discipline tactics could have a large impact on a determination of what furthers the best interests of the child.