My boyfriend has been divorced for a few years and his ex wife has custody of their 8 year old son. She's moved twice in the past 2 years, is unemployed, and the son has behavioral issues and is failing school. My boyfriend and I are both employed, financially stable and he wants to try and get custody. He owns his own home, and so do I. My house is larger, and in a better school district. He works days and I work nights, so one of us could always be home. I have a college degree, no criminal record, and don't do drugs. If he were to move in with me, would it likely hurt or help his custody case?
Your boyfriend should really consult with a local family law attorney about this. The best interest of the child is what will win out in court, so the attorney will want as much detail as possible about both of their lives, as well as review the prevailing order to see what that ordered (and potentially why). While all of what you wrote sounds good, keep in mind that SC family court judges don't exactly like when parents are living with romantic partners to whom they are not married. Courts may express their displeasure at such arrangements but may still find that it's in the best interest of the child, especially if the other parent is OK with the significant other (or maybe lives with their significant other), but it could be a major weak spot in your boyfriend's case. This is one reason why retaining an attorney would be helpful, not just for advice as to what might be a good route for him to take but also to help mitigate the negatives such as living with a paramour.
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