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What Does a Court Consider When Determining Best Interest?

In Child Custody, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

The Law is Focused on the Child, Not the Parent “The best interest of the child.” When it comes to custody disputes, you are going to see and hear this term a lot. The reason is that in a North Carolina custody dispute, the overriding consideration in a court’s decisions is the child’s best interest. This includes decisions about custody, parent visitation, grandparent visitation, and electronic communication with the child. In fact, in a custody order, the court must explicitly state what facts support the best interest determination. What is Considered in a Best Interest Determination? Best interest is not specifically defined in North Carolina’s child custody statutes. If the concept of “best interest” seems incredibly broad, that is by design. The reason that the state does not want to …