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Living arrangements will play a part in child custody outcomes

For many Utah parents, it can be immensely difficult to be away from their children for any length of time, especially when their kids are young. Of course, when parents divorce, it is likely that at least one parent will be spending much less time with the kids than hoped. Because making a good presentation to the court can make a considerable difference in child custody outcomes, parents may want to ensure they have everything in order.

In particular, parents may want to consider how their living arrangements could affect a judge's view of their custody capabilities. For example, the court wants children to have enough space in both parents' homes. Even if the children only come for visitation every other weekend, the noncustodial parent still needs to have enough space for their children to sleep and conduct activities. If a child may have to sleep on the couch, the court may limit visitation.

The children's ages could also come into play in regard to living arrangements. Older children may need more privacy and space, and as a result, the court may not appreciate an older child having to share a room with a younger child. Of course, the judge will likely not make decisions solely on such circumstances, and a parent's unique situation will play a part as well.

It can be difficult thinking that any little detail could jeopardize child custody arrangements, but the court is typically thorough when considering what is best for the children involved. If Utah parents have concerns that their living arrangements or other details could negatively affect their chances at custody, they may want to discuss the matter with knowledgeable attorneys. Their legal counsel can help explain what the court considers and how parents can put their best foot forward.

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