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How Does the Court Know What Is in the Best Interest of My Child?

, • POSTED ON: September 12, 2019

You made your children. Made them. From scratch. Now, you are in a custody dispute with your ex and disagree on what is best for your child. This time is stressful enough but is even more stressful if you do not understand the process.  So, how do Courts have the authority to even determine how, when, and under what circumstances parents exercise time with the children they made?

The historical parents patriae allows the government a special interest in individuals who cannot advocate for themselves, i.e., minor children. South Dakota has made leaps and bounds in reference to the legal and physical custody of minor children, going from the “tender years” doctrine to the Furstenberg factors outlining how courts should determine custody of minor children.

The Furstenberg factors look at parental stability, fitness, siblings, child preference, harmful parental misconduct, and primary caretaker factors. Skilled family law attorneys cater your case to these factors to help advocate for you and your child. To learn more about the Furstenberg Factors, read our full article under the Get Educated tab of our website or give us a call today at 605-777-1772. Knowledge is power. #Inform #Educate #Empower

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