The stability of your residency plays an important role in your parenting plan.
When a court determines your parenting plan, the judge will hear evidence regarding numerous factors set forth by the legislature. The forth factor the court will evaluate is the following:
The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
Is your home environment satisfactory? Have you lived at one place for an extended period of time? Do you plan to maintain your same residence after the court case is concluded? These all questions that the judge will want answered. There is a preference among courts for the minor children to maintain status quo and continuity while the divorce is pending. So I always advise my clients to try and stay in the marital home while your family law case is going on. However, that unfortunately might not be possible for some. If not, it is best to find a home that is going to be permanent when you do move out of the marital home.
The ability to maintain a stable, satisfactory environment is a factor the court takes very seriously. If you have questions regarding your home or whether you have a stable, satisfactory environment for your minor children, contact your family law attorney to discuss your case further.
If you have any questions related to parenting plans, or require legal assistance in other areas of Family Law, you may always contact Damien McKinney of The McKinney Law Group to discuss your case further. He can be reached by phone at 813-428-3400 or by e-mail at [email protected].