Best interests of the child

A legal standard used when making decisions that prioritize the health, safety, and welfare of a child. It's typically used in cases involving child custody, visitation, adoption, and other matters related to the well-being of a child.

After the death of a caretaker of a minor child, courts and legal professionals will consider a range of factors to determine how to support the well-being of the child.

These factors include the child's physical and emotional needs, the child's relationship with each parent or caregiver, the child's developmental stage, the ability of each parent or caregiver to provide for the child's needs, and any other factors that may impact the child's well-being.