With respect to child custody (shared or joint), must the spouse that moves out of the home reside in the same school district?
2 attorney answers
If you have share custody, it should be fine with the school board but it does not hurt to check. Shared custody is favored but the court will look to all of the factors in Louisiana Civil Code Article 134. The obvious question here is how does the child get to school and home if you do not live in the school district.
This response does not creat an attorney client relationship. In all cases, I recommend you seek a paid consultation with an attorney with expertise in this area.
You can consult your local school board regarding their policy on custody judgments. Normally the school board will consider the domicile parent to be address used to determine a school zone for the child. Legally it does not matter where the parents live. But as a practical matter the court is less likely to grant shared custody, (meaning each parent gets approximately equal time with the child such as a week with one and a week with the other) when one parent has to drive a great distance to get the child to school. This becomes detrimental to the best interest of the child to have to travel so much.
Every situation is different and you should consult your own attorney to go over all the particular facts in your case. The answer given is only intended to provide general guidance regarding rights and responsibilities.
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