Specify the child’s school in the custody agreement or court order

Posted August 30th, 2016.

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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To improve your claim to primary custody, be sure to specify the name of your child’s school in any custody agreement or mediation settlement you sign. If the court will be entering a custody order, ask the judge to identify the specific school the child will be attending as part of the order.

This additional step, often ignored, can solidify your claim to primary legal and physical custody of the child. For example, your custody agreement could include a few lines that say: “The parties further agree that the best interest of the children would be served by enrolling them in the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. The parties stipulate that the children will remain enrolled in the Mountain Township School District until they have been graduated from high school.”

Including this language in a custody agreement or court order gives the primary custodial parent an additional reference point in future custody motions. The court can thereby acknowledge that the parties have stipulated that the children will attend the Mountain Township schools until graduation, making it more difficult for a non-custodial parent to argue in favor of transferring custody.

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