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Why does where you live matter in a child custody situation?

| Jan 30, 2020 | Child Custody |

Sugar Land residents going through a divorce often end up moving out of the marital home. They may not always be particular about where they end up since they may be short on funds. However, when choosing a place to live, they may want to at least consider it since it will have some bearing on how their child custody issues turn out when they go to court.

Every case is unique, but there are certain things that most judges will look at when considering the living conditions of the parents as part of a child custody hearing. As is the case with every factor involving the children, courts want to make sure that the best interests of the children are served. The court will look at the parents’ financial situations and the safety of the neighborhood and home.

The court will also look at how many children a Sugar Land couple has. The home should have enough space for all of them when they stay overnight. In addition, the age and gender of the children factor in as well.

Children of the opposite sex of the parent need to have some privacy. The optimal situation would allow each child his or her own bedroom, or at least a private place to change clothes. The judge will also look at how easily the child can adjust to new surroundings.

Where an individual lives at the start of a divorce may not be where he or she ends up. Most parents will want to make sure they can accommodate their children and keep them safe when they visit overnight, so moving may happen well before the court gets involved in the matter. Even so, it may also help to understand that the court will have questions about each parent’s living accommodations when making decisions regarding child custody matters in order to be able to provide answers that will meet with needs of the children and the court’s approval.