My child’s father will be sending an out of state friend whom I have never met to pick up our son for his designated time with him. I’m uncomfortable letting him go with someone I am not familiar with, what can I do?
Read the decree carefully. You might just have to do that. If the father is allowed to delegate then you could be on the wrong side of a future argument.
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Consult family law counsel in person with your court orders. The orders normally give a party the right to designate a suitable competent adult person to pick up and return a child. Your situation is a common problem. At some point court orders have to give way to parental good judgment. You need to try to talk to the other parent about your concerns unless you have the luxury of time to file modification of court orders, get service and get temporary hearing before the time of the exchange. Ask him to provide you information about the person. You say you never met but do you know the person? You must obey court orders, or modify court orders to avoid contempt.
Thomas J. Baker of Baker & Tisdale PLLC principally practices in the Central Texas area, including Bell, Coryell, McLennan, Milam and Williamson counties. The advice given here is not and ahould not be taken as a substitute for in-personal consultation with counsel, particularly where legal documents, such as court orders need to be reviewed. I am Board-Certified in Family Law but not in any other areas of practice.
Most Court orders allow a parent to designate a competent adult to pick up and drop off the child. There is no requirement that you know the person. The point is that the other parent is familiar with them and deems them confident. Take a picture of their driver's license and car license plate, put your child in the seat belt, make them aware of the child's medicine if any, make your child comfortable. You didn't state the child's name, but you may wish to send him with a phone and phone charger. To feel better talk to the father about how he knows this person. He may answer to be kind, but he is not required to.
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