Child welfare is the first consideration for child custody: Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court (HC) heavily criticised the Family Court, Alappuzha for giving custody of children to the father merely because the mother was found in the company of another man and concluding that she went for pleasure with someone else. Stating that such moral judgment defeats the purpose of inquiry, the HC granted custody of the children to the parents alternately. It further observed, “In a matter related to the child’s custody, the welfare aspect alone has to be considered first…. A mother may be morally bad in the societal sense, but that mother may be good for the child as far as the welfare of the child is concerned.”