BEST INTERESTS OF SEVEN-YEAR-OLD BOY

June 1, 2011

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6D Child CustodyBest interests of seven-year-old boy required that his 60-year-old maternal grandparents, who had been asked by father to take temporary charge of child after mother’s death two years before and who had provided “stable, dependable, conventional, middle-class, middlewest background”, be awarded permanent custody as against father who had since remarried, in view of likelihood of seriously disrupting and disturbing effect upon child’s development which could result from child’s return to “unstable, unconventional, arty, Bohemian, and probably intellectually stimulating” household of father.
Painter v. Bannister, 140 N.W.2d 152 (Iowa 1966)

Suggested by Christina Thacker, Law Student; University of Illinois College of Law; Champaign, IL