One of the greatest sources of stress in divorce proceedings is often attempting to ensure the best possible outcome for the children involved. Sometimes both parties will have conflicting views when it comes to what is actually best for the children. The question of determining what is in the best interest of the child is always present in divorce proceedings, but how is this affected by the parents' marital status?
The primary standard courts use when making custody decisions is "the best interests of the child." When it comes time for the court to make a custody judgment, they take into account all of the information that has been gathered over the course of the proceedings (factors like the physical and emotional state of the parents, the parent's ability to provide for the child and meet their needs, etc) and make a decision based on that. However, the marital status of the parents will drastically change how the court makes their decisions.