Can the mother sign a child up for baseball during the father’s visitation and force him to use his time for it?
How would this be viewed by a judge if the mother took it before the court and claimed it is in the best interests of the child?
Where I practice in Pennsylvania, when it comes to a visitation schedule and the activities of the child, the existing custody order should be reviewed.
Sometimes this order is done by agreement of the parents, other times — usually when there is no agreement by the parents — the court will step in and make the decisions.
If the existing custody order is silent on matters such as sport participation or extra-curricular activities, the parties typically try to work together on a schedule that fits both sides while still allowing the child to participate in these types of pursuits.
If there is still no resolution to this matter, a party can seek a modification of the custody order by filing a proper petition with the court. The party that would like a change in the order has the burden of showing that participation in that activity is in the best interest of the child.
Because I am not licensed in your state, I cannot comment on how a judge may view your matter. Therefore, I would strongly suggest that you meet with a family law attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction so that you can acquire state-specific advice on this issue and how to proceed.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than general divorce tips, 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.