Navigating Extracurricular Activities in Divorce and Custody Cases
Deciding on Extracurricular Activities Post-Divorce
During divorce or custody proceedings, parents often concentrate on major concerns like child support and parenting time. However, they also need to address the intricacies of extracurricular activities, which vary with each child’s needs.
Autonomy in Signing Up for Activities
A common question is whether a parent can independently enroll a child in an activity. This decision depends on the custody order. Typically, parents with joint legal custody can make these decisions without needing the other parent’s approval. For example, if you have joint legal custody, you can usually sign your child up for violin lessons without the other parent’s consent.
Handling Scheduling Conflicts with Parenting Time
Issues arise when an extracurricular activity conflicts with the other parent’s time. Generally, unless a court order specifically states otherwise, the parent with the child at that time is not required to take the child to the activity. If one parent schedules violin lessons during the other parent’s time, they don’t have to take the child unless the custody order mandates it.
Addressing Disagreements Over Activity Choices
Concerns about the appropriateness or safety of activities chosen by the other parent are common. In joint legal custody, neither parent can block the other from signing up the child for certain activities. If a parent objects to dangerous activities or an overscheduled routine, they can petition the court for restrictions on extracurricular involvement.
Get Legal Help for Custody and Extracurricular Activity Issues
Understanding your rights and responsibilities in managing extracurricular activities under a custody agreement can be challenging. Our firm has significant experience in guiding clients through these aspects of custody orders. Contact us at (320) 299-4249 to discuss your situation and explore how we can help you with these important decisions.