Giving Advanced Notice When Planning Visits With Children

divorce lawyer Andrew LaufersQuestion:

Am I required to give advance notification to my ex-wife and the daycare if I want to take my children out to lunch?

Our decree states I am to have reasonable and liberal visitation with notice to my ex-wife. She recently sent me a message that I inform her and the daycare ahead of time if I plan to take the kids out to lunch.

Is this really necessary?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Minnesota divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.

You may not be legally required by the decree to provide advance notification that you are going to lunch with your children, but I believe you should do so. This is because for planning purposes the daycare may like to know who is going to be gone over the lunch hour.

The daycare more than likely needs to know who is going to be present for lunch because they need an advance headcount of how many kids they need to feed over any given lunch hour.

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Additionally, I think it would be courteous to let the daycare know when you are going to take the kids. Because the daycare is responsible for the kids during the day, they have the right to know in advance when the kids will be gone.

Thus, for these reasons I would suggest you comply with her request.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Minnesota Divorce Lawyer Andrew J. Laufers, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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