When a judge is called upon to decide questions related to children and divorce, such as parenting time and decision-making, they use what’s known as the “best interests of the child” standard. This means, a judge will consider all questions from the perspective of the best interests of the children and will try to fashion orders which meet their developmental needs
Notably, the standard is not about awarding a parent “custody” of children as a victory. Nor is withholding it a punishment. A court’s sole focus on these issues is determining, from the evidence and testimony, which parenting time schedule, and decision-making responsibility arrangements are in the best interest of the children.