A standard by which a court determines what arrangements would be to a child’s greatest benefit, often used in deciding decision-making and parenting time matters and in deciding whether to approve an adoption or a guardianship. – A.R.S. § 25-403: A legal decision-making determination shall be made in accordance with the best interests of the child. All relevant factors shall be considered, including: (1) The past, present and potential future relationship between the parent and the child, (2) the wishes of the child’s parent or parents as to legal decision-making, (3) if the child is of suitable age and maturity, the wishes of the child as to the custodian, (4) the interaction and interrelationships of the child with the child’s parent or parents, (5) the child’s siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interest, (6) the child’s adjustment to home, school and community, (7) the mental and physical health of all individuals involved, (8) which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with the other parent, (9) the nature and extent of coercion or duress used by a parent in obtaining an agreement regarding legal decision-making, (10) whether a parent has complied with chapter 3, article 5 of this title and (11) whether either parent was convicted of an act of false reporting of child abuse or neglect under section 13-2907.02.
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