It does seem interesting to me that in our current legal system for the "Family Court", best interests of the child are not really considered. It seems to be more a 'best interests of the parent with the most money' and 'lets use the children as pawns in our divorce, dear' system. In recent dealings with a custody battle over my brother in which I was heavily involved, and used as a witness, I was told by the child psychologist (and I quote) "I do not wish to speak with you as I do not want you to say something which you may come to regret in 20 yrs time". As an eloquent and mature 15 year old this infuriated me. Fascinating that as a child in the family court, my best interests (or my brothers) were not of a major concern! It became a continuum of my stepfathers control and abuse of my mother.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire
Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/25.htm
The child, for the full and harmonious development of his personality, needs love and understanding. He shall, wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, and, in any case, in an atmosphere of affection and of moral and material security; a child of tender years shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother.