Courts make decisions all the time that affect children. These decisions are often related to things like child custody, child support, any future modifications to custody and support, and termination of parental rights. These decisions are made in light of the best interests of the child.
At Wilson Law, our lawyer, Theresa Wilson, provides guidance to our clients and helps them understand what the best interest of the child means generally, and how it could affect their unique case specifically. Making sure our clients are informed helps them make better decisions, too. So, contact us online or at 587-391-2273 to schedule an Initial Consultation.
Best Interests of the Child Standard in Alberta
To determine what is in the best interests of the child, a set of factors has been established to guide the courts. These factors are also meant as a way to objectively arrive at these decisions so that they are fairer and more consistent. The standards used by the Alberta Courts are based on the Divorce Act and the Family Law Act, and provide that
The court shall consider, amongst other things, the following relevant factors:
(1) the child's physical, psychological and emotional needs; including cultural, linguistic and spiritual heritage;
(2) the child's views and preferences as may be appropriate;
(3) the history of care, and the relationship between child and parents, siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest;
(4) any family violence; and
(5) the ability and willingness of the parents to care for/meet the needs of the child, and to communicate an cooperate on issues affecting the child.
Contact a Family Law Lawyer in Alberta Today
The best interests of the child standard will greatly influence your child's life as well as yours. If you have questions, need advice, or want to file an application for custody, or child support, contact Wilson Law online or call us at 587-391-2273 today. We will schedule an Initial Consultation with our family law attorney and help you understand and make informed decisions about your child or children's best interests.