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Best Interests of the Child (“BIC”)
The Ontario Family Court takes the best interests of the child into consideration when making decisions about a child’s custody and access arrangements. This means that the court will consider a variety of factors when determining what is in the best interests of the child, including the child’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs.
One of the key factors that the court will consider is the child’s relationship with their parents. The court will look at the bond between the child and each parent, as well as the ability of each parent to provide for the child’s physical and emotional needs. The court will also consider the parents’ willingness to cooperate and communicate with each other in making decisions about the child’s care.
Another important factor is the child’s home environment. The court will consider the stability of the child’s home, as well as the availability of support systems, such as extended family and community resources. The court will also consider the child’s school and community, and whether the child has any special needs or vulnerabilities.
In addition to these factors, the court will also consider the child’s own wishes, if the child is old enough to express them. The court may appoint a lawyer or guardian ad litem to represent the child’s interests and ensure that their voice is heard.
Overall, the Ontario Family Court takes a holistic approach to determining the best interests of the child, considering a wide range of factors to ensure that the child’s needs are met and their best interests are upheld.