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The Importance of School Performance in Kansas Child Custody Cases

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Divorce is never an easy or stress free experience, and few issues are as emotionally challenging as child custody disagreements.  In the best case, child custody arrangements in Kansas are resolved amicably by agreement between the parents.  Amicable resolution to child custody disputes ease the potential emotional harm that can be inflicted on a child in a Kansas child custody case and provides a foundation for a constructive future co-parenting arrangement.  A divorce will not change the fact that parents share a child, which makes it critical to find ways to develop constructive interactions with the other parent for both your own sanity and the long-term wellbeing of your children.  Sadly, the hurt and conflict that often leads people to divorce sometimes prevents a mutually agreeable resolution to child custody disputes in Kansas.  When child custody conflicts cannot be resolved, school performance can be a critical factor in determining the outcome of a Kansas child custody case.

When courts must make residential orders for children in a divorce, the court will look at a wide range of factors.  Custody cases are difficult because obtaining reliable evidence to guide the court can be a challenge.  This places a premium on objective reliable evidence that is hard to manipulate.  One of the best sources for such evidence is school performance.  It is very common that parents will physically separate prior to a court making formal child custody orders.  A parent who moves out of the home to keep the peace or because cohabiting with one’s spouse is no longer a tenable option should be aware of the potential impact on future child custody orders.  If the child remains behind in the family home, which is common to facilitate transportation for school, the child’s school performance may have a substantial impact on future custody orders.

A child’s successful social, behavioral and academic performance in school is considered a reliable indicator of a child’s adjustment.  This means if a child remains with the parent in the family home after the child’s parents separate, the court may be persuaded by a child’s performance in the classroom.  If a child is thriving in the classroom, a Kansas family court may be inclined to preserve the status quo in terms of the informal child custody arrangement that evolves when a parent leaves the home.  If the child is not performing well in school, then the court may be more inclined to make changes to the residential arrangements.

Kansas courts like those in most states look to the best interest of the child to determine appropriate timeshare arrangements.  Unfortunately, many of the factors that go into this determination tend to be either conflicting or easily manipulated.  For example, the parents will frequently provide completely conflicting accounts.  The minor child also may express a preference, but there is always a substantial risk that the child is being influenced or manipulated by one of the parents.  School records are objective so the court will tend to rely heavily on such evidence.  Our law firm has successfully represented many Kansas parents in child custody disputes by effectively utilizing school records including report cards, letters from teachers, attendance records, school disciplinary records and other evidence that provides an objective third party measure of a child’s adaptation to a timeshare arrangement.

At Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C., we represent parents in child custody disputes in the cities of Liberal, Garden City, Sublette, Elkhart, Johnson City, Hugoton, Ulysses, Dodge City, Meade, Seward county and all other communities in Southwest Kansas.  If you are involved in a Kansas child custody dispute, our Liberal Kansas child custody attorneys represent clients with compassion and commitment so call us at (620) 624-8158 to see how we can help.