Do I have a right to know who my ex brings around my child?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Child Custody

As a divorced parent, it is natural to feel protective of your child and concerned about the people they interact with. This often becomes more significant when your ex-partner introduces new individuals into their lives.

Many parents wonder if they have a legal right to know who their ex brings around their child.

Your child’s safety comes first

The primary concern for any parent should be their child’s safety and well-being. If you have reason to believe that your ex is exposing your child to someone who may pose a threat or has a history of violence, substance abuse or other concerning behaviors, it is important to address it. In such cases, you may have grounds to seek a modification of your custody arrangement or to involve the authorities if necessary.

The role of your custody agreement

Your custody agreement should outline the terms of your shared parenting responsibilities, including any provisions related to introducing new partners or other individuals to your child. If your agreement includes a clause requiring both parents to inform each other about new people in their lives who will have significant contact with your child, then you have a right to know who your ex brings around your child.

Open communication and co-parenting

Even if your custody agreement does not explicitly address this issue, it is generally best for both parents to maintain open communication and keep each other informed about important aspects of their child’s life. This includes discussing new relationships or individuals who will be spending significant time with your child. By fostering a spirit of cooperation and transparency, you can help ensure that your child feels secure and supported in both households.

Sometimes protecting your child’s best interests means addressing concerns about their living situation with the other parent. If you have cause for concern about someone in your child’s life, consider these points and explore the steps provided by the court to address them.