Best Interests of the Child

The Chicago Companion to the Child, Forthcoming

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-08

7 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2008  

Brian Bix

University of Minnesota Law School

Abstract

This brief article, for the forthcoming single-volume encyclopedia, "The Chicago Companion to the Child," offers an overview of the history and current use of the family law standard, "Best Interests of the Child." The standard arose out of changing ideas about child custody, and now is a pervasive touchstone in many countries for family law decisions of all kinds. The article also briefly discusses concerns that the standard encourages litigation, gives too much discretion to judges, and does not grant sufficient weight to the rights of parents.

Keywords: family law, custody, best interests

Suggested Citation

Bix, Brian, Best Interests of the Child. The Chicago Companion to the Child, Forthcoming; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1092544

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