interest of the child must be determined and applied in every
courtroom where these rights are being affected. Defining best
interest of a child as the constitutional rights of the child allows the
court to stay within its authority.
Family issues are complex and case-specific, but balancing
the rights of each family member provides some consistency to the
court’s involvement into the family. This assures the family that
decisions are made with as little personal judicial preference and with
an emphasis on the rights of all family members. The only time the
court should limit the rights of a parent is when those rights are
outweighed by the rights of the child, thus taking much of the
ambiguity out of what would be in the best interests of the child.