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What is in the child's best interests?

It seems that when discussing child custody arrangements after parental separation, many people make assumptions about what would be in the child's best interests. However, it's important that guesswork is not relied upon when it comes to raising a child.

If you want to ensure that your child's well-being is a firm priority, it is a good idea to form your opinions around psychological studies and evidence-based reports. The following are key observations from psychologists regarding the best interests of a child.

The needs of a child correspond with the responsibilities of a parent

Children have essential needs for emotional, moral and psychological support, as well as physical needs for food and shelter. It is the collective responsibility of both parents to provide for these needs. Even if one parent is not able to provide for all of these needs, shared custody can help a child to benefit from the contributions of both parents.

Children benefit from a conflict-free environment

Children have certain needs, but if these needs are met in a high-conflict environment, the child may still suffer. Therefore, it is sometimes best for the child to be deprived of a relationship with one of their parents if they are protected from conflict or abuse.

If you have a firm belief regarding what type of custody arrangement would be in the best interests of your child, it is a good idea to consider seeking opinions from psychologists. This could both inform your own opinions and provide a compelling case for the child custody arrangement that you are in favor of.

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