Protecting children from child custody issues in schools

By |2022-04-01T13:17:20+00:0024 Apr 2018|Categories: Child Custody|


Child custody issues do not arise only in the home or when the parents exchange custody of their children. They can happen anywhere, including in the school of the children involved. That is why schools need to be prepared for such disputes to boil over and happen in the school buildings. Schools need to have plans in place for teachers and staff to follow should a child custody dispute occur on their grounds.

Schools need to have a procedure in place regarding the child’s school records. Schools cannot deny access to a child’s records if a non-custodial parent asks unless there is a court order that says access is not allowed. Schools should not simply take the word of the custodial parent. Documentation is very important.

Schools should inform all parents that child custody legal documents should be submitted at the beginning of every school year, even if they haven’t changed from the previous school year. Whenever there is a change to the document, the parent should submit the change to the school. This will help the school deal with custody issues and prevent non-custodial parents who are not supposed to have contact with their child from doing so.

Teachers and staff members should also be taught the differences between physical and legal custody. When a parent has physical custody he or she lives with the child. Legal custody means the parent is allowed to make decisions about the child’s life.

Child custody disputes can be difficult for all involved. It can become even more difficult to handle when a dispute happens at the child’s school in California. Be sure you know the school’s procedures for exchanging custody prior to doing so for the first time.

Source: Campus Safety Magazine, “How Schools Should Protect Students from Child Custody Disputes,” April 23, 2018

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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