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Legal Custody: Can One Parent Prevent The Other From Piercing The Child's Ears?

Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

divorce lawyer Daniel LambertQuestion:

My ex-wife recently took our son to get earrings without my consent. I am furious about this and have threatened to withhold child support from her since she is ignoring my rights as a father.

I realize it's after the fact, but can one parent prevent the other from piercing the children's ears?

Answer:

I can only provide general divorce tips for men and recommend that you consult with a mens divorce attorney licensed in your state concerning your divorce case.

In general, a child's health and life decisions are governed by the legal custody provisions of your divorce. Your final divorce decree will state how legal custody decisions are to made, whether individually or jointly. You should refer back to your final divorce decree on this issue.

Where I practice, if there is a disagreement with custody, then the parties go to mediation with a court-appointed mediator and attempt to resolve the dispute. Depending on the county, if an agreement is not reached then a guardian or social worker may be appointed. Depending on the issue a thorough investigation with multiple court dates may be necessary.

Child Custody Terms:
What Is Legal Custody?

Addressing child support,you cannot withhold child support over a child custody dispute. To do so invites a contempt motion being filed against you.

Contempt can carry significant consequences including, but not limited to, fines, payment of the other parties attorney fees, and possibly imprisonment.

Each state has its own laws on post-divorce matters, child custody, and child support. I strongly recommend that you consult with a mens divorce lawyer licensed in your state to review your divorce decree and discuss your options.

To schedule an appointment with a Cordell & Cordell divorce attorney, such as Milwaukee Divorce Lawyer Daniel L. Lambert, please contact Cordell & Cordell Law Firm.

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