During a divorce, parents in North Carolina will need to figure out custody and visitation issues. For some couples, negotiating will be straightforward and fast. For other cases, there might be concerns or contention about where the children will spend time. In these cases, where and how each parent lives could be some of the factors that determine child custody issues.
The home environment
The end of a marriage leads to many changes, and usually one of the major changes is the living situation for one or both parents. When couples are fighting for custody, the court will evaluate a variety of things, many of them related to the best interests of the child. One of the things courts will look at is each parent’s home environment, including:
- The type of home
- The physical environment in the home
- Where the home is located
- The amount of private space available to the child in the home
Most courts are flexible with these requirements as each family situation is different. However, the court will evaluate if the child has enough privacy in each home and how comfortable the child feels when staying with each parent.
The way you live
The way each parent lives is also important when courts need to determine custody and visitation. This can speak toward the quality of life of the child and may include:
- The number of other children in the home and the child’s relationship with them
- A parent’s new relationship and any overnight visits with that person
- A parent’s financial status and their ability to cover the child’s basic needs
- A parent’s overall physical and mental health
Custody and visitation arrangements are unique to each family. Your child’s relationship with each parent, what the child is used to, and their safety and health are priorities as well when courts decide custody.