Child Custody Self-Quiz






When awarding custody, which IS NOT a factor courts look at?

Choice 1 The child’s desire to stay with a particular parent.
Choice 2 The parent’s emotional stability.
Choice 3 The parent’s gender.
Choice 4 The child’s age.

Charles and Samantha are in the middle of a divorce. They have one son, Arthur (age 3). During the marriage Charles was a stay-at-home dad while Samantha traveled frequently for her job as a buyer for a major department store. Their marriage broke up because Charles confessed that he was gay and wanted to live with his boyfriend instead of her. Charles is not fit to be awarded custody of Arthur.


Deborah and Adam were divorced five years ago. Adam was awarded primary custody of their twin sons, Craig and Cassidy, who are now six years old, because Deborah wanted to be able to finish her college studies. Now that she has graduated, she wants custody of the boys. What will result?

Choice 1 The court will deny Deborah’s request.
Choice 2 The court will consult the twins for their preference.
Choice 3 The court will analyze the facts to determine whether a change is warranted.
Choice 4 The court will wait until the twins are older before making a change.

Dan has been in foster care for nine months. His foster parents would like to adopt him. Accordingly, they are in court contesting custody with two biological parties. His biological father is deceased; his biological mother was recently released from rehab. She has been sober for six months and would like to regain custody of Dan. His paternal grandmother would also like custody of Dan. Who is entitled to have custody of Dan?

Choice 1 Dan’s foster parents.
Choice 2 Dan’s grandmother.
Choice 3 The court would need additional facts before making a decision.
Choice 4 Dan’s mother.

Ed and Erma were recently divorced. The court granted them joint custody, dividing the physical custody between them. Erma argues that she has sole legal custody because the child resides primarily with her. Accordingly, she has the final say in things pertaining to their child. Ed says that he has just as much a say in the decision-making as she does. If they return to court to settle the matter, what would be the likely outcome?

Choice 1 Ed is right. Joint custody implies both legal and physical custody.
Choice 2 Erma is right. Since the child lives primarily with her, she is the final decision-maker.
Choice 3 The court would look to the child’s wishes.
Choice 4 The court would list which issues Ed can decide and which issues Erma can decide.

Lisa and Kurt were divorced two years ago. The court awarded them joint custody. Since they both are entitled to take an active role in the decision-making for the children, they both decided which private schools the kids should attend. In addition, they had to compromise on the children’s religious upbringing because Lisa is Jewish and Kurt is Catholic. This is an example of:

Choice 1 Joint physical custody.
Choice 2 Joint legal custody.
Choice 3 Joint physical and legal custody.
Choice 4 Joint physical custody and visitation.
Olivia is an attorney in a small suburban town. Jeanne, who is originally from New York City, is Olivia’s opposing counsel in a custody case. The only matter remaining to be litigated is the custody of Baker (age 5). Olivia represents Baker’s grandmother and Jeanne represents Baker’s mother. Four years ago Baker’s mother was convicted of a felony and spent six months in jail (she was released early for good behavior). As part of her probation, she had to spend two years in a halfway house and take a parenting class. She has fulfilled all her obligations and feels she should be able to regain custody of her son. Who should get custody of Baker?
Choice 1 Baker’s grandmother.
Choice 2 Baker’s mother.
Choice 3 Adoptive parents.
Choice 4 Foster parents.
Cleo and Anthony were recently divorced. They have one child, Cynthia. Cleo was granted primary custody. Cleo is afraid that Anthony will snatch Cynthia away from her and take her to another state in an attempt to thwart her custody award. What is the best way for Cleo to protect herself?
Choice 1 Statutory protection under various uniform laws will prevent Anthony from being able to get custody of Cynthia in another state.
Choice 2 As long as Cynthia is in the US, Anthony will not be able to take her away
Choice 3 Put a tracking device on Cynthia.
Choice 4 Have the court revoke Anthony’s visitation privileges.
Chris and Amy are divorced. Amy has moved to Colorado with her daughter, Melissa, and has lived there for seven months. Chris still lives in New York, where the parties’ divorce judgment and child support orders were executed. Chris is behind in his child support payments. Where would Amy file for enforcement of the child support obligation?
Choice 1 In New York.
Choice 2 In any Federal court.
Choice 3 In Colorado or New York.
Choice 4 In Colorado.

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