The measuring stick for what makes best sense and is most fair concerning many family law issues is the “best interests” standard relevant to children.

Concededly, some issues that arise in the family law realm have nothing to do with kids, making that standard irrelevant in given instances.

Where children are involved, though, it’s a different story. The desired outcome in matters ranging from custody and visitation to property division and myriad other matters will logically promote their legal rights and interests above all other considerations.

It is aberrational for any mom or dad to think otherwise, which is why the best-interest yardstick is firmly established law in Arkansas and every other state.

One narrowly focused article on our website at the Little Rock family law firm of Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates focuses on paternity, specifically the broad-based reasons why establishing paternity makes strong sense for all affected parties.

For mothers and fathers, it’s a slam-dunk proposition. Determining paternity through the courts can help confer parenting rights and serve as a launching pad for a meaningful life-long relationship with a child. It can formally set up a vitally important child support plan. And it can often open the door for an extended group of relatives who strongly desire to have a loving and reciprocally rewarding relationship of their own with a new family member.

As clear and as powerful as those benefits are, the upsides of determining paternity are equally as obvious for a child. A father’s known identity ensures key knowledge concerning family genetic matters and health considerations. It helps establish a child’s eligibility for many program entitlements that could become important under certain scenarios (e.g., Social Security, veterans’ benefits and insurance plans).

And, as our article duly notes, “establishing paternity simply lets a child know where he or she comes from.” How important is that to self-identity and a sense of belonging throughout life?