What School Will The Children Attend?

When going through a divorce or child custody case, a big issue that comes up is where the children where attend school. This can be quite the contested issue. Whether the children are attending school when the case starts, or if they haven't started school yet, this can have a bearing on a divorce or child custody case.

Ultimately, custody is determined by looking at what is in the best interest of the child. However, the laws can vary depending on the state but a lot of different factors can play a role in determining what school the child is to attend.

If the children are already attending a certain school, there can often be hesitancy for children to change schools. In some cases, parties might argue that the current school the children are attending are not meeting their educational needs. If this is not the case, it can be a tough to argue that the school of the children should be changed.

There are some cases in which the child may have significant educational challenges. This can be particularly true if a child has been diagnosed with a learning condition that can have a bearing on the ability of a child to succeed in school. In cases like this, an educational assessment by a professional can be significant in the court's decision.

In many cases, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of the children. The guardian ad litem may wish to talk to teachers, counselors, medical professionals and, of course, the parents to help make a determination.

The ranking of the schools based on data available like graduation rates, standardized test scores and other factors may be something they court might consider in making a determination.

At the end of the day, there are a variety of factors that go into determining what school a child should attend in a divorce or child custody case.

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If you are in the midst of a child custody matter where the school choice for the children is a significant issue, Stange Law Firm, PC can help. We have family law attorneys who can help you in your divorce and child custody case. We have offices throughout Missouri, Illinois and Kansas for your convenience. Contact us online or call us at 855-805-0595 to schedule your appointment today.