Unpredictable Schedule & Parenting Time with Son

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I am a truck driver and am divorced with a son. In the court agreement, it said that I could see him every other weekend. However, because of my changing work schedule, I am not always in town on weekends.

Verbally, my ex and I had agreed that we could make up our own schedule to allow for some evenings and other time where I could watch my son. However, now, she is just keeping him from me, doesn’t tell me anything about his activities or health and listens in when we talk on the phone together. What can I do in this situation?


While I am not licensed to practice law in your state, I can give some general guidance on this issue.

You may need to file an action to modify your parenting time. Courts look at various factors when making this decision, and your state may consider the history in this case. The mother in your case is making the demands and really only allowing you to see the child on her terms.

A court order with a formal modification would prevent heartache and stress in the future because it will outline in definite terms when you can see your child, and hopefully, it would increase that time.

Many states do not allow for a parent to interfere with telephone calls. If that is the case in your state, then there is a potential action for a contempt. Unfortunately, it is common for one parent to interfere substantially and alienate the child from the other parent.

A family law attorney knowledgeable with your local courts can best guide you as to whether the courts would grant an action to prevent this in the future and whether you should take any steps to prevent this alienation.

It’s also likely that your state has laws requiring the mother to provide medical information to you. The language in your order will best guide you as to what information she has to provide, including the extra-curricular activities, health records or more. Bring all orders to your consultation, so that the attorney in your area can maximize your consultation time and create a strategic plan for you moving forward.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Tennessee divorce lawyer Erica Eberle, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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One comment on “Unpredictable Schedule & Parenting Time with Son

    I was hoping someone would have some insight on the board. My boyfriend recently won custody of his daughter. He took a job OTR a couple months ago and she stays with me during the week and he is home weekends. The mom is trying to cause problems, does anyone know if being OTR can affect custody?

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