School Changes and Their Impact on Child Visitation Schedules
One of the most important factors regarding school changes involves custody. In general, if a parent has sole custody, he or she is responsible for making all choices regarding the child. Since the other parent does not have custody, he or she will not be allowed to make any decisions about the child’s schooling.
This is a fairly simple principle, but issues are more complex when parents or guardians share custody. When this occurs, other factors will naturally come into play.
Who Makes the Final Decision?
In the vast majority of cases, parents are given an opportunity to make a mutual decision regarding the child’s school. If both parents share custody and reside in the same geographic area, deciding on what school the child will attend tends to be less stressful. However, there are numerous obstacles to contend with if the parents live in different cities or even different states. In general, the court will strive to make a decision that is in the best interest of the child, but there can still be difficulties for everyone involved.
Factors Being Considered
There are many factors that influence parental visitation, custody, and school decisions. In some cases, if the parents cannot arrive at a mutual decision, the judge will simply rule that the child continue to attend his or her current school. When deciding on which school a child will attend, the court may consider:
- The child’s ability to adapt to change.
- The child’s educational needs.
- The child’s personal preferences.
- The child’s age and maturity level.
- The parents’ travel distances.
- Each parent’s lifestyle and work schedule.
If you attempt to change your child’s school in the middle of the year, you will more than likely have to go before a judge if you share custody and the other parent opposes your decision. If you have sole custody, you may only be required or asked to notify the other parent of the change (you may not have to do this at all).
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