What is the test for determining a parent's best interest in a child?

Alberta, Canada

The following excerpt is from P.Z. v. S.Y., 2008 ABQB 338 (CanLII):

In so doing, the court is to balance the desirability of maximizing contact between the parent and child and the risk of harm to the child Young v. Young (1993) 1993 CanLII 34 (SCC), 4 SCR 3. Section 18(2) of the Family Law Act also lists a number of factors that need to be considered in assessing a child’s best interest including “the greatest possible protection of the child’s physical, psychological, and emotional safety”.

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