One of the most difficult decisions during a divorce is figuring out the living accommodations for the child or the children. Not only can it be difficult to be away from your children when you’re used to seeing them everyday, but there are also considerations when it comes to child custody, which can place the final ruling out of your favor.
Each child custody case is different, so it’s vital that you discuss your personal situation with a family law attorney, so he or she can help come up with an agreement that works for everyone. At The Law Office Of Ronald Kossack, we can help when it comes to family law. We are experienced in family law and will help to create an agreement that will work for you and your family. For further information, contact our family law firm.
The Impacts Of Living Accommodations When It Comes To Child Custody
The court can dictate the child custody and visitation decisions based on the living situation. This means that your housing situation matters. While the considerations vary based on the state, and the court, in today’s blog, we’ll be covering a general overview of the impacts of child custody when it comes to the living arrangements.
Child’s Gender And Age
The custodial parent is the one that was awarded the primary child custody. The non-custodial parent is the one who gets visitation and isn’t the primary caregiver of the child.
The first factors we’ll be going over are the most basics: gender and age. If the child and the non-custodial parent are not the same gender, then the court may expect that the child has as much privacy as possible. This can mean anything from a private bedroom, an area to get dressed, and a bathroom. On that same note, if there are more than one children in the mix, then it may mean that both of the children need to be in separate rooms, especially if one child is older than the younger one.
The Number Of Children
If you have more than one child, then the situation can change a bit. A judge tends to take into consideration how many children there are in the living arrangement. If there are a few children, then the judge may expect there to be more space, especially during overnight visits. A judge may hold the fact you don’t have enough room for three children in your home against you. Even if you want two to share one bedroom and one to sleep on the couch. If there are additional children from other relationships and they don’t live with you normally, this is also taken into consideration.
The Circumstances Of The Parents
A judge understands that each situation is different and that’s taken into consideration when the judge determines the living arrangements. The judge will consider the age of the parents and the financial situation, no matter how unique it may be. For example, if you’re unable to afford a large home for each child to live alone, then the judge will take that into consideration. If you’re showing that you’re doing your best to provide for your child and the judge sees that, it can help with the ruling.
The Child’s Safety
The child’s safety is always a factor. A judge will never place a child into an unsafe home, especially if he or she is making sure that the best interests of the child are followed. It’s common for a judge to ask about the safety of the neighborhood as well as the home. If there’s a chance that the child could be harmed in the neighborhood or the home, then the judge may decide to limit overnight visits. If you’re not sure about your neighborhood, then do some research to find out what factors could be used to determine the ruling of your child custody arrangement.
This is just a brief overview of what you can expect when it comes to factors that dictate living arrangements with child custody. If you’d like to contact a family law attorney for help with child custody, support, or alimony, then reach out to The Law Office Of Ronald Kossack today. We can also help with divorce and mediations.