Keep an eye on the other parent’s driving record

Posted July 9th, 2016.

Categories: Custody Tips, Family Law.

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A bad driving record can be a big problem for a parent who has child custody or visitation rights. Speeding citations, careless driving, reckless driving, or worse yet, driving under the influence of alcohol — all of these offenses paint a scary picture about the parent’s level of responsibility behind the wheel.

If the other party in your child custody case has multiple infractions on his or her driving record, or if his/her license has been suspended, then he or she cannot logically be driving the children to and from your home. He can’t be transporting the children to and from their activities. And he/she can’t legitimately earn credibility points with the children when trying to teach them to be law-abiding and socially responsible.

If you’re aware of such a problem, you should intervene informally at first: Make sure the errant parent cleans up his record, restores and maintains his driving rights and deals with his on-the-road problems honestly and promptly. Make temporary transporation adjustments to ensure the safety of the children. If such informal approaches do not work, then it may be necessary to file a motion to suspend custody and visitation rights or to modify those rights creatively until until the delinquent driver get his or her act together.

Let me know if you’ve had any personal experiences with such situations.

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