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Factors Judges Consider for Child Custody Determinations - Part 4

This 20 part series tracks what Judges consider when making child custody determinations to help parents focus on what is relevant to effectively present their child custody case.

Factor #4: The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.

Judges consider matters such as the child's school.  It is generally considered in a child's best interests to maintain at a school that he or she is familiar with and has established friendships.  A Court may however also needs to feel that the school is desirable.  If for instance, if the child is attending a "D" rated school and a move will bring the child to an "A" rated school, the new school may be in the child's best interest.  To obtain information in reference to the rating of your child's school, visit your County School Board's website.

If you are divorcing your spouse or separating from living with your child's other parent, you may feel that you want to move out right away to live in your own house. For a child custody case, this may hurt your child custody case. Judges are fully aware that divorce and parental separation is difficult on a child. The child will have no choice but to adjust to all of the new changes. The Court tries to make the transition as easy as possible for children. It is often considered easier for a child to continue residing in the house where they have been brought up. If you move out of the residence, you could be creating an advance for your child's other parent.

Consider other factors that create stability in your child's life and how they will be affected by the divorce or parental separation. For some children, they may be part of a religious organization, Boy Scouts, or a gymnastics team. Sometimes these relationships will be able to continue and other times with the geographic changes from a move of a parent or a timeshare schedule, they will no longer be feasible.

To fully prepare for your case, you should consider all available Options and Strategies in Highly Contested Custody Cases.

To read other parts of this series and learn more factors that Judges consider when making child custody determinations, visit the Facebook Post Page for Attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman.

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