Stillwater family law attorney, Matt Ludt, reflects on the best interests of the child factors.
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Generally, the courts look at what’s in the best interest of the child in a general notion as to the arguments that could be made as to what’s better for them. When determinations are being made as to who to give custody to and what parenting time to order, they have – in – they have to look at the factors enumerated by statute. For years leading up until July of 2015, they used to look at the factors under – that were called the best-interest-of-the-child factors, BIOC factors. The legislature in the spring of 2015 updated those. They hadn’t been updated in years, and so now we have the best-interest factors, the BIF factors, and so all cases that get determined after August 1st of 2015, we now use these enumerated factors along with the principles to make those decisions after a contested hearing or a trial when it has to be left up to a judge.