Category: Child-custody

In determining custody, the court shall consider the preference of the child when of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision

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Parents who attend organized youth sporting events have an inherent obligation and responsibility to act in a manner which is consistent with the goals of developing respect, tolerance, camaraderie, and discipline in children

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A parenting schedule between divorced parents must reasonably consider a child’s best interests, including educational interests, and must account for each party’s responsibility to dutifully oversee their child’s academic obligations and schedule

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Protocols and parameters regarding communications and submission of documents by the parties and/or counsel to a guardian ad litem or court-appointed expert

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A court may enter any custody arrangement as the court may determine to be in the best interests of the child

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In awarding counsel fees, the court must consider whether the party requesting the fees is in financial need; whether the party against whom the fees are sought has the ability to pay; the good or bad faith of either party in pursuing or defending the action; the nature and extent of the services rendered; and the reasonableness of the fees

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Our court rules require the referral to mediation of all genuine and substantial issues regarding custody of children or parenting time issues

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Settlement agreements in family matters are contracts, and should be enforced according to the original intent of the parties, to the extent that they are just and equitable

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Absent exigent circumstances, changes in custody should not be ordered without a full plenary hearing

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A child has an interest in a prompt determination of custody and parenting time disputes

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