best interests of the child
- The standard a court employs when making decisions that could impact a child, including matters like adoption or child custody, taking factors such as the child's age, health, emotional ties to parents, and the parents' ability to provide for the child into consideration
- The court ruled in favor of the mother, determining that living with her was in the best interests of the child.
- The judge sided with the adoptive parents, citing the best interests of the child.
- In the custody hearing, the best interests of the child were the key consideration.