Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Presents a Big Picture View of the Best Interest of the Child

If you are involved in a child custody case, you have undoubtedly heard of the concept of the “best interest of the child”. As with any legal concept, the concept of the “best interest of the child” is likely to leave people wondering what it looks like in real life. There are actually many ways that a person can get a feel for the concept of the “best interest of the child” by looking at examples from everyday life.

The simplest place to begin is by acknowledging that “the best interest of the child” is, by nature, a big-picture type of concept. It can be seen in all of the day to day interactions between parents and their children in homes all across America and all over the world. Also, in situations that do not serve the “best interest of the child”, those same day to day interactions, or the lack thereof, are what can help people who are a part of the child’s life to see that the child may need help.

It is not possible to get a sense of the best interest of any particular child in one day. Children need people and situations in their lives that are consistent, and observing a family over a period of time can provide a picture of how involved each parent is in the child’s daily activities and whether the involvement is consistent over time or not. This type of observation can also point to other things in the child’s life that provide stability, such as the routines they follow at home, their school or day care environment, grandparents and other family members, and regular activities that the child enjoys.

Observation over time is also important for gathering information about whether any changes that have been made by the child’s parents are likely to remain in effect. For example, if a parent has been asked to secure a more suitable apartment that will enable their child to have the appropriate amount of space available to them when they visit, it will take time for that parent to show that they can not only obtain the apartment that they need, but that they can keep it and maintain it in an appropriate condition. There are many situations in which a parent must address an issue, like getting treatment for substance abuse, making appropriate choices about which other adults spend time around their children, maintaining a safe living space for their family, and so on, that take time to address and for the parent to demonstrate a continued commitment to maintaining their success.

For parents who are involved in child custody cases, the “best interest of the child” may seem like a tough standard to meet. Fortunately, there are many ways that parents can meet that standard just by doing what they do every day to support their children with the physical and emotional resources that they need to feel safe, secure, and loved. If you would like to learn more about the “best interest of the child” or any other aspect of your Mississippi child custody case, contact Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole today, at (601) 573-7429 to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Presents a Big Picture View of the Best Interest of the Child
Mississippi Child Custody Attorney discusses the best interest standard in Mississippi when it comes to child custody matters.