In New Brunswick, the “best interests of the child[ren]” has been broken into sub-issues by Graser J. in the much quoted judgment in Rideout v. Rideout  N.B.J. No. 233 (N.B.Q.B.) where he suggested the following matters guide the determination of what is in the child’s best interest. At paragraphs 36-7 he set them out saying in part: There are many other considerations which automatically flow in disputes over custody. They include: 1. Which parent offers the most stability as a family unit; 2. Which parent appears most prepared to communicate in a mature and responsible manner with the other parent; 3. Which parent is more able to set aside personal animosity and be generous with access arrangements; 4. Which parent shows promise of being an appropriate role model for the children, and exhibits a sense of values and directions; 5. Which parent is more prepared to broaden the scope of the child's life with learning, associations and challenges; 6. Which parent provides the best cushion for the child against the stresses of marriage breakdown; 7. Does one parent play mind games with the child and carelessly expose the child to domestic turmoil; 8. Where will the overall long term intellectual and security interests of the child best be served; 9. Will there be material provisions that meet at least minimal standards; 10. Which parent appears most prepared to give priority to the child's best interest over and above his own; 11. Which parent exhibits the most maturity and ability to accept and deal with responsibility; 12. Is there a positive or negative effect with respect to the involvement of third parties with either parent on the welfare of the child and is such effect financial or emotional; 13. Where is the long term best interests of the child served.
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