It is not uncommon for the parent with physical custody to think they have more say than their co-parent when raising the child. The non-custodial parent may feel inferior and even take the backseat when it comes to parenting.
The truth is, you both have equal say in how to raise the children. Lack of physical custody does not make you a lesser parent. Therefore, if the other parent is getting in the way of or infringing your parental rights, you may need to take action and put a stop to that.
You have a right to see and spend time with the children
You may not have physical custody, but you have visitation rights. It means that you can see the children regularly and even spend days with them as specified by the custody orders. Your co-parent should not make it hard or frustrate your efforts to do so.
You have a right to access your child’s school and health records
If you have legal custody, you are allowed to access your child’s medical and educational records just like your co-parent. With joint legal custody, the custodial parent should also seek their co-parent’s consent to major decisions affecting the child’s life unless in emergency cases.
Custody orders are enforceable
Custody orders issued by the court are binding and should be followed by both parties. If your co-parent is constantly violating the orders, the court may sanction them. Fines and other penalties are a possibility, and in some cases, a judge may modify the current child custody orders and revoke their physical custody.
Do not let your relationship with your children break down simply because your co-parent is giving you a hard time. Learning more about your options will help you choose the right way of handling your current situation.