If I am the custodial parent and my child resides with us what rights does my wife have as the step parent? In regards to medical and signing information, as well as school, or anything else?
Family Law Attorney
You ask about the step-mom's right to sign medical and school info. Strictly speaking, she has no legal right to do so. Some agencies and institutions allow a step-parent to sign for homework, records, field trips, etc. - but this is only their policy, not a "right" that can be asserted by your wife. This presents practical problems, since it sounds like she may be more in contact than you with your child's doctors and teachers. I have had other clients resolve this problem by having the spouse (your wife) present (1) a copy of the custody order, and (2) a power of attorney from the custodial spouse (you) authorizing the step-parent (your wife) to sign on behalf of the custodian (you).
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