Divorce can be one of the most challenging experiences of any parent's life. Apart from the other hurtful concerns in a divorce, healthy parents worry about what is best for their child. These parents attempt to stay on neutral or friendly ground. If they must discuss contentious subjects, they move heated arguments to an attorney's office. The last thing they want is to involve a child in traumatic divorce negotiations.
If a divorced couple can't reach an agreement, courts in Pennsylvania determine who gets custody of a child based on the "best interests" standard. The judge has the responsibility of determining what will best suit the child's needs. There are a few factors that are taken into consideration when determining the child's best interests.