Protect Your Child, Protect Yourself: Consult an Attorney.
Video Transcript: I don’t think it’s safe for my child to go with the other parent during their visitation time. Do I still have to let them go Hi, my name is Jason Sorensen, I’m an Oklahoma attorney here at Wirth Law Office, and today we’re going to be talking about that.
So let’s say the other parent shows up to your house ready to pick up the child and take them for their visitation time over the weekend, and maybe they show up drunk or maybe they don’t have a car seat. But bottom line is you don’t feel safe for your child to go with them, you don’t feel that it’s safe that the child be with that parent during that time, or for whatever other reason. Do you still have to let them go?
Well, with that, you kind of find yourself between a rock and a hard place because on one hand, you could be violating the court order by impeding the other parent’s visitation rights, and on the other, you could be facing an allegation of failure to protect, both criminally and civilly, for your child. So basically, the court could find that you didn’t fulfill your responsibility to protect to the child like you should have. So, like I said, you could find yourself between a rock and a hard place on that because you could be in trouble either way with whatever decision you make.
So really what you need to do is contact an attorney to see how judges tend to rule on your specific case, to find out whether it is okay to send a child with the other parent without a car seat, or how drunk a parent needs to be for you to deny them their visitation. And you can contact a Tulsa child custody lawyer at makelaweasy.com, and we can talk to you about your case specifically and your facts specifically to determine whether it is safe for you to send the child with the other parent.