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My son's father wants to come out to visit his son with his new girlfriend. Do I have the right to meet her before she hangs out with my son?
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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Hello,

Unless there is something in your custody/visitation agreement that gives you such a right (and I've seen all sorts of things in custody agreements), then legally, no. The reality is the court understands that people are going to start dating and entering into new relationships and children will be exposed to these new people in their parents' lives, but the court also gives a lot of leeway to parents to make decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of their children and of course to use their judgment to not put them in contact with people who will harm/endanger them.

I would definitely address your concerns with the child's father of course and explain that you aren't comfortable just yet and that you would feel better meeting them in person first (or if that's not an option, perhaps you could even talk on the phone first) but legally you cannot deny the father the right to see his son or have visitation time because his girlfriend is with him.

Now, if you have reason to be concerned about her - you know for a fact that she is a drug addict for example --you may wish to file a motion in court to amend your custody/visitation agreement that she not be allowed contact with your child when with his father.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Hi! Another question regarding this subject. We are having issues regarding the visitation schedule. His father wants him Friday morning until Sunday evening. He's only had one alone overnight visitiation and our agreement states we have a "stepped up visitation." I think two nights and three full days are too much for him right now. What are my options? Can I suggest mediation?
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