Best Interests of the Child
University of Minnesota Law School
The Chicago Companion to the Child, Forthcoming
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-08
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: family law, custody, best interests
Date posted: February 15, 2008