Q: If a non-custodial dad is asking for the SSN of his children, is the custodial mom obligated to give it?
Shouldn't a father already have that information? Why should the mother give it to him, especially if the two have ongoing legal issues, and the mother doesn't know why he needs it? Is the mother legally obligated to give it to him without a court order? It's just more work for her.
A: The child’s social security number and use of it is most often a matter of legal custody. If the parents share legal custody, then both parents would need to be involved and provide their approval for any important matters in which a social security number would be necessary (i.e. decisions regarding the child’s health, education, religion, etc.). If only one parent has sole legal custody, then the other parent is not required in the decision-making for the child, nor should they require access to or use of the child’s social security number.
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