The formula for assessing child support was based upon recommendations of a Consultative Group chaired by Justice John Fogarty of the ... The resolutions of these cases, though justified in some instances by the particular statutes or procedural issues before the court, are in fundamental conflict on when the courts should consider the best interests of the child and how to do so. The conflict is not at heart a legal one but an ethical one.
They must be able to make an informed decision and understand the situation.) 5.7 This requires that in adoption decisions, the best interests of the child take precedence over all other interests, including those of birth parents, adoptive parents and political, state security or economic interests. 5 It calls for the child and his or her needs to be at the centre of any decisions about adoption. Although current legal policy and practice emphasize the primacy of the "best interest of the child" as a criterion in child custody determination, within an adversarial rights-based system,... The scope of the best interests principle 16.11 The Family Law Act specifically requires the court to regard the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration when making parenting orders and some other orders.