“Status quo” refers to the current status of matters. For child custody, “status quo” is the parental arrangement prior to the actual child custody hearings. Often, parents have separated and instituted custody arrangements before the official divorce. Some issues that parents may have decided prior to official divorce and child custody proceedings include:
A court order that contains a "presumption in favor of the status quo" maintains the custody arrangements that were present before the formal custody hearings. This is because the guiding principle behind child custody determinations is whatever that is in “the best interests of the child.” If the child has become accustomed to a particular arrangement, it may be disruptive to the child to change the arrangement.
However, the status quo can be changed if the judge determines that the present custody arrangement is not suitable for the child. This can occur when any of the following situations occur:
Each state’s law differs on when a status quo can be changed. Typically, however, a judge will make a custody determination after taking a comprehensive look at the situation the child is in. Consequently, it is also possible that an existing custody arrangement may be changed according to a judge’s order. It is also possible to change the custody arrangement after divorce.
Changing a status quo order depends on what the child custody laws are in your particular state. In order to determine which are the applicable laws in your state, speak with an experienced child custody attorney today
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