Salt Lake City, UT asked in Family Law for Utah

Q: Can my ex tell me who I can use as a daycare provider during my parent time? She was OK with my fiance, but now says no

We have joint legal custody, the decree does not say anything about who can provide daycare. She was OK with him staying with my fiance, but now she wants me to use a daycare provider that charges us money rather than staying with my fiance in our house. She says nothing happened to change her mind, she just decided she didnt want me leaving him there anymore while I worked. The daycare provider she wants me to use requires more drivetime and expense than using my fiance.

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Clinton R. Brimhall
Clinton R. Brimhall
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: Even though you have joint legal custody, it could be that one of you has final decision-making authority. If she has final authority, you may not have a choice. If you do, it may be up to you. Without seeing your decree or parenting plan, I cannot know for sure. I am guessing she is responsible to share daycare costs equally. If so, be sure to send her a bill for her share. That may be persuasive.

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