Yuma, AZ asked in Family Law for Arizona

Q: If two people have joint physical custody, can the parent who doesn't have the child pick them up from school?

Parents have joint physical custody : child is one week with mom and one week with dad ( Sunday -Sunday) . On the week the child is with dad , is the mother allowed to pick up the child from school or visit them at school with out the other parents consent? Or is it explained legally even with out the other parents consent?

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Christopher Hildebrand
Christopher Hildebrand
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Unless there is a restriction in the parenting plan preventing the other parent from visiting the child at school, there is nothing that would prevent him or her visiting the child at school. However, if that parent takes the child from school during the other parent's scheduled parenting time, that could be what is referred to as "custodial interference", which is a misdemeanor, and contempt of the court's order. I would really need to look at the court order to provide a more definitive answer. I hope this information was helpful.

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