Q: When a custody order is in place between the parents does that include the parents families as well?
My ex states that his parents have just as much legal right to visitation with our children as he does and he states that I have to follow the visitation order that is between him and I with them as well. The custody order has me down as the person with sole physical custody, he and I share legal custody due to a judges decision because their father lives in another state. It also stares in the court papers that the father get reasonable visitation and I can deny visitation in the instance of an unsafe situation. Do I have to give the grandparents the same courtesy or can I tell them no? Also if my children do go to see their grandparents can I tell them they are responsible for transportation since they want to come get them and drop them off when I am at work and have no one else to meet them? They are demanding that I meet them for drop off and pickup
A: Based on the information you provided and the situation, the Father of your children has parenting time not grandparents, if he wants to allow visitation during his time he can, but you do not have to make accommodations just for them to visit with children unless specifically outlined in the agreement. With that said if it is in the best interest of the children to have time with their grandparents then they should be around them, but you do not have to make specific times for parenting time with them, that is between you and the Father unless the court ordered it to be that way.
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