Issues of family law in New Hampshire can often be complex. In order to ensure that the person a court has deemed the most appropriate guardian actually has child custody, some states have laws regarding whether someone without legal custody of a minor can enroll said minor in school. Such a law in another state is apparently preventing a teenager from enrolling in high school.
The case involves a 17-year-old male. Reports indicate that the juvenile is currently residing with his mother. However, the school system where the mother lives will not allow the teenager to enroll because his grandparents actually have legal custody.
However, the mother argues that, because she has parental rights, her son should be allowed to enroll in the North Carolina school. The school district has declined to comment specifically on this case but has stated that state law prohibits the enrollment of a student in school by anyone other than his or her legal guardians. The mother believes that she will soon receive paperwork that will clear the path to her son’s school enrollment.
Once a judge rules on a child custody arrangement, making a change is often more complex than two people coming to an agreement among themselves. Making a change can be a costly and lengthy process; in some cases, it may not even be possible. As a result, many people in New Hampshire consult early on with a professional who is experienced with such issues to help prevent the need for a change. However, once it becomes apparent that a custody change needs to take place, such a professional can similarly help guide a person through the process.
Source: journalnow.com, “NC teen denied high school enrollment over custody dispute”, Aug. 30, 2017