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If you and your ex have joint custody of your child in North Carolina, you may be dealing with an ex-spouse who wants him or her to attend a different school beginning this term. At The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C., we work to resolve child custody issues including visitation and parenting time, child relocations and custody modifications.

Command the Courtroom reports that school choice often becomes an issue if one parent wants their child to attend private school. When the parents cannot agree, the case may go to court. In these situations, the judge considers a variety of factors:

  • School ratings – Just because the school is private, does not mean the rating is significantly better
  • Distance from home – Judges typically do not believe it is in the best interest of the child to spend long periods in the car. They prefer the children to spend quality time with you or doing homework.
  • Child’s academic performance – Changing schools is a tremendous upheaval in a child’s life and some can make the switch more easily than others. It may be better for your child’s emotional well-being to stay where they are.
  • Cost – Private schools are expensive. In many cases, one parent cannot afford to split the bill. The judge may tell the parent pushing for the change that they must shoulder the burden of paying the full tuition.

It is not only your input as a parent the court considers. He or she may also talk with your student’s teachers, school counselors and other professionals before deciding. Build your case by gathering as much information as you can to show why your child should or should not change schools. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.