The Paramountcy Principle
In New Zealand law
The paramountcy principle is that the child’s best interest and welfare is the first and paramount consideration. The Care of Children Act 2004 outlines things a Judge must take into consideration when making orders around care and protection of children:
In addition, a Judge may take the following into account:
In UK law
In UK law the welfare of the child is considered paramount. Section 1 of the Children Act 1989 deals with the welfare of the child. It states that when a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child or the administration of a child’s property or application of any income arising from it, then the child’s welfare shall be the court’s paramount consideration.
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