PC and Therapy

My ex husband has scheduled therapy appointments for our children on my custodial time without consulting me at all. When I explained the dates/times would not work for me due to work conflicts the therapist stated my ex could take the children. This is a very high conflict case, my ex husband has broken the order multiple times without consequence and he lied in court. Can our PC force me to take the children to therapy on the days/times he has booked on my custodial weeks or do I have the legal right to reschedule or cancel these appointments. I am not implying I do not want to take them to therapy but it’s important I am allowed to schedule appointments on my time and that appointments are scheduled when both of us can attend when possible.

If your custody order does not address this, then the PC can resolve the therapy scheduling conflict assuming the appointment order gives the PC this ability (it likely does). It is improper for one parent to schedule appointments for the children or otherwise obligate the children to commitments during the other parent’s custodial time unless it is agreed upon by both parents.

You have the right to explain your reasoning to the PC about what the PC’s decision should be. However, you must follow the final decision of the PC.

Anna Ayscue

Attorney with Rosen Law Firm Cary • Chapel Hill • Durham • Raleigh • Wake Forest

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