Child Custody Factor: Distances Child Will Have To Travel

CHILD CUSTODY SERIES: 20 Factors A Judge Must Consider When Determining Issues of Parental Responsibility and Time-Sharing

The fifth factor to consider is:
(e) “The geographic viability of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling to effectuate the parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a child.”

This factor takes into consideration how far away the parents live from the child’s school and extracurricular activities and how much traveling the child would have to do to fulfill the time-sharing schedule.

For example, if one parent lives 50 miles away from the child’s school, it would not make sense for that parent to have time-sharing throughout the school week, forcing the child to spend an unreasonable amount of time traveling everyday to get to and from school.

When deciding on time-sharing and parental responsibility, a Judge would have to keep the best interests of the child in mind and consider the amount of traveling a child would have to do.

However, if the parents live close to each other, this factor would not be as critical.

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