Imagine being unable to send your child to school because of a conflict in your custody order. That's what has happened in this case involving a 17-year-old boy and his mother. According to the news story posted on Aug. 29, the boy cannot attend school in Hanover County because the school officials believe that the mother does not have legal custody of the teen.
The teen lives with his mother in the Hoggard High School district. Previously, the teen went to New Hanover High School while he was living with his grandparents. Now, the district claims he cannot be enrolled because his grandparents technically have legal guardianship over the teen.
The woman claims she still has parental rights over her son and that the school is unfairly burdening her by preventing her son from attending school. The school's assistance superintendent claims that this rule is there to prevent parents from illegally taking a child from another and then enrolling a child in a school without authority.
Her parents did give the school a notarized affidavit that states that his mother has physical custody and that the teen is living with her. The school says that's not good enough; the school wants to see that she has legal custody as well.
Situations like this aren't just harmful to parents and their rights; they also affect the children who are caught in the middle. If your child is unable to go to school or get medical attention because of legal conflicts, you can work with an attorney to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
Source: Star News Online, "Wilmington boy blocked from school over custody dispute," Cammie Bellamy, Aug. 29, 2017