“Splitting the Baby” is a phrase that is tossed around everyday. Its use refers to making decisions that leave both parties unhappy.
I have even heard a Judge say that if both parties leave unhappy then they must have gotten the result right. There may be some instances where this holds true, however there was no splitting of the baby in the Biblical account of Solomon’s decision. King Solomon’s decision was between two competing mothers embroiled in a custody dispute over a child, each claiming the child to be their own. 1 Kings 3:16 KJV
In the Biblical Custody Battle, King Solomon was faced with one infant and two mothers. Solomon did not know which woman was the child’s real mother, so he arranged a test to see if he could determine the true mother. In Solomon’s case, the real mother was willing to let the other woman have her child in order to spare the child’s life, while the other woman (whose own baby previously died) agreed with King Solomon that the baby should be cut in half, with each woman receiving a portion. The real mother in King Solomon’s court was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of giving the child up, so that the child would survive. The Holy Bible, King James Version, 1 Kings 3:16.
Splitting the baby may be a solution if it’s not an actual baby. However, the true wisdom of Solomon was that he did NOT split the baby.
Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody attorney in Mississippi and has quoted the Bible as authority in legal arguments.