Child Custody: Will A Female Roommate Affect Visitation Rights

divorce lawyer Daniel LambertQuestion:

My ex-wife has primary child custody and I have visitation rights with my children.

Because of expensive child support and alimony payments, I have to have a roommate in order to help pay rent. My roommate is a woman who is a platonic friend, but I’m worried how a judge will view me living with a woman.

Can I lose child custody or my visitation rights because I live with a member of the opposite sex?


While I am not licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction, I can provide you with general divorce help for men though the impact on your child custody and visitation rights will depend on the statutory factors and case law in your state

Most all states will analyze visitation schedules from the standpoint of what is in the best interests of the children. Typically, this includes such items as the preferences of the parents and the child, the available schedules of the parents, whether either party has a criminal record or a history of drug or alcohol abuse, the recommendations of therapists or social workers, whether the living situation presents any hardships for the child, and whether the child has any special needs.

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Each state has its own factors to run their analysis. Where I practice, the roommate would be an issue if she caused adjustment issues with your child or if she has a criminal history, history of abuse or history of neglect.

It will be necessary for you to speak to a local divorce lawyer to fully determine how the roommate would impact your state’s visitation factors. I highly recommend you consult with a qualified divorce lawyer for men who can give you specific advice on divorce and actions you should take in your case.

To schedule an appointment with a divorce attorney, including Milwaukee Divorce Lawyer Daniel L. Lambert, please contact Cordell & Cordell Law Firm.

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