What Is the California Best Interest of the Child Standard?
California courts use the "best interest of the child" standard to make child custody decisions. Specifically, judges refer to Section 3011 of the California Family Code which directs them to consider the following factors:
- the health, safety, and welfare of the child
- any history of abuse by one parent or any other person seeking custody
the nature and amount of contact with both parents
- illegal or excessive drug or alcohol use, and
- any other factors the court finds relevant.