Grand Rapids, MI asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Child Custody for Michigan

Q: I was picking up my sister for my dad and my mom called the cops on me for trespassing.

I have kind of a complicated situation. My dad asked me to pick up my sister for him from my mom's house. My mom is not a fan of me or my dad. Her and her husband came out and started screaming at me that I was not welcome and to get off their driveway while leaning into my car. I asked if I could just have my sister and they said they were calling the cops because my car was in their driveway. I pulled out and said I would wait for the cops. Then she sent my sister out which was strange and after waiting a while I assumed that they were lying and left. If they did call the cops could I be in trouble for being in their driveway? The husband used to be a cop and was claiming I would get arrested. This may be a dumb question but I have never done anything illegal in my life.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Likely, they were blowing smoke. But in the future, you need to tell your dad that unless he is able to get an agreement or a court order authorizing you to pick up your sister from mom for parenting time, he needs to do it. Obviously it's a volatile situation, and you shouldn't be placed in the middle of it regardless of the issues between you and your mom. And if your dad believes the exchange won't be civil - which sounds like a concern like that would be well founded - then he needs to ask the court to order that exchanges take place at a neutral location, and probably without the husband (or you) involved.

Just to play it safe, though. If you go to their house again, park on the street so that you don't give them anything to argue about.

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