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Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman Family Attorney Discusses School Choice

Family Attorney Paula Borradaile

The family attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman can help you resolve the selection of an appropriate school for your child. School selection is a legal custody issue which requires agreement of both parties, and in the absence of both parties’ agreement a Court Order. In particular, this can become an issue when the parties share physical custody of their child(ren) and live in different school districts, because the child(ren) are permitted to be enrolled in either school district. This issue may also apply when child(ren) are enrolled in public school, and private school is believed to be a better choice, or if the child(ren) are currently enrolled in private school, and public school is better able to meet their needs.

If this is the only issue pending before the Court in your case the Court will use a best interest analysis to determine which school is best for your child(ren). Simply being the school in which your child was previously enrolled is not controlling. The Court will look at both schools to determine which is the best educational fit for your child, which includes looking at a variety of factors in the schools, and your child(ren)’s educational profile to determine the best fit. An analysis of your child’s educational profile may include an analysis of their special needs, learning styles, and the programming offered by the school.

The family attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman are experienced at building a case which will support your selection of schools. The use of educational data and an educational expert are important in building this type of case, and the attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman are able to help determine which information will be most compelling in your case.

If you believe that you have a school choice issue it is best to begin exploring the issue in the spring, in order for there to be a determination on your matter prior to the start of the next school year. Each county’s process is different, but the process will likely require more than one Court appearance and take several months to complete.

Contact Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman’s Family Attorneys for Skilled Family Law Guidance

The divorce and family attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman specialize in family law matters, such as divorce, child custody, child support and post- or pre-marital agreements. Our attorneys are aware of the complicated issues that can arise, and handle cases in the most positive and amicable way possible for the sake of our clients and their children. To schedule a consultation or receive more information, contact us today.

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