I am 18 and still in highschool, it is my mom's Christmas with me coming up. I work at target currently. I requested the time off to go to my mom's in California and now my boss is asking to see custody papers in able to let me go to my mom's. Is my boss legally allowed to ask to see the papers?
This is a bizarre question. There is nothing that prohibits him from asking, just like he can ask you to dance a jig while singing the latest Taylor Swift song.
It isn't clear which state has jurisdiction over your custody order. In Idaho, a juvenile becomes an adult at age 18 and parents lose authority over the child except for "My house, my rules" situations." (If the adult child continues to live with his/her parents, then the parents can still impose rules. If the adult child doesn't like it, they can hit the road.)
When a legal situation depends on a written document, like a custody order, it isn't possible to determine rights without reviewing the document. However, if you are 18, you are most likely not subject to any custody order any longer.
Some quick research indicates CA law is probably similar, and 18 is pretty much the standard for becoming an adult in the US - called reaching the age of majority. A parent's duty to support a child can continue past age 18, like in Idaho where it can continue if the child is 18 and still in school. However, a parent's legal duty to support his adult child is completely separate from a parent's legal rights over the child.
I am perplexed as to why your employer would want to see a custody order. A custody order is irrelevant to whether or not he has to give a person time off for the holidays. The employer isn't a party to the custody order and it doesn't order the employer to do anything.
This is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon. Legal problems are very fact-specific and anyone with a legal problem should consult with an attorney.
Your employer is not governed by your parents custody decree, only you and your parents are. But, because you're 18, you are no longer subject to that decree either. That said, because you're still in high school, one of your parents may still have an obligation to pay child support to the other until either you graduate or turn 19, whichever comes first as long as you continue to reside in the home of the parent who is receiving the support. Because your employer is not subject to the custody decree in any way, even if you were still a minor, the employer has no obligation to schedule around your holiday visitation schedule. It would certainly be nice if the employer would be willing to accommodate this, by they are under no legal obligation to do so. If the employer won't work with you on this, your choice is to accept the work schedule or to give notice and quit.
For particularized advice I encourage you to contact a lawyer and discuss with him/her in detail the specifics of your circumstances. Only then will you be able to get legal advice tailored to actual facts of your case.
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