Q: Does the noncustodial parent have to meet the person the other parent is dating before the child can be around them?
The is no law or automatic mandate that requires the noncustodial parent to meet the custodial parent’s romantic interest before the child is permitted to be in the presence of the romantic interest. Sometimes, the details regarding when children will meet a romantic interest of a parent are specified in a Marital Settlement Agreement or a court order.
If the romantic interest and child meeting is not specified anywhere, there is no specific requirement. The court will judge a parent’s actions by whether those actions were in the child’s best interest and whether the parent fulfilled his or her obligations required in accordance with their custodial parenting status (joint legal custody versus sole legal custody).
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