Q: Do I have to allow my children (14) 100% unrestricted access to a cell phone their mom provided?
My children have had cell phones for a few years, with screen time limits and certain apps blocked. Their mom never approved and told the kids not to take them to her house on the weekends. They've always been able to contact her on my phone whenever they want. Now that they are in high school and in sports she wants them to have a phone on them to contact her. She sent them to my house with phones with no content limits or restrictions. The kids are claiming she wants 24/7 access to them. We have told the kids to leave the phones in the living room but talk to her whenever they want. She is claiming that since she provided the phones they need to carry them 24/7 so she can talk to them whenever she wants. Is this outside of what is expected for reasonable contact?
A: There are no laws about when phones have to be available and parents are generally expected to be able to reach agreement. There are parental coordinators and decision makers who can assist parents in reaching agreement on matters that do not rise to the level of court intervention. The general expectation is that each parent will have "reasonable" contact with the children.
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