Best Interest Of The Child

Best interest of the child describes the overall well-being of a child, which can be determined by various individual circumstances like age, level of maturity, presence or absence of parents, the child's environment, and experiences and other factors concerning the child. It is also a widely used standard for courts, however subjective and discretionary, in making decisions regarding adoption, child custody, guardianship, visitation, and other issues by taking into account all circumstances affecting the child and placing paramount importance on the child's welfare.

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