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Q: Is it contempt if non custodial parent is called for school meeting and tells to not call custodial parent?

Mom (non custodial parent) was called by the school for a meeting with the counselor about an issue that arose at school (is school in contempt for this?). Mom tells school to not call me, custodial parent, for this meeting. School has meeting with non custodial parent only (is this contempt?). Then comes time to sign paperwork and release child to non custodial parent (mom) and mom states that she is not authorized to either sign, nor have child released to. AT which point school calls me, custodial parent, to come in for a meeting. I am asked to sign papers and child is released to me. In Texas w/ standard Court Order (with the exception that custodial parent, myself, has exclusive rights to education and medical). I've had meetings with the school previous and stated that they are to call me, not mom, and have a copy of our court order on record. Is school in contempt for calling mom only, having a meeting with mom only, and is mom in contempt for saying to leave dad out?

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Gary D. Peak
Gary D. Peak
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Eastland, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: It isn't contempt, but if I wear you I would be very unhappy. Have you scheduled an appointment with the school principal yet to meet with them and go over the custody papers where I assume it says you have custody and the right to make educational decisions for the child? If not, that would be my first step.

Don't do anything to cause the school folks to not like you and be more likely to testify for the other parent if there was a future custody battle.

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