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Family law and custody knowledge is important for schools

Conflict at home can often have an influence on many aspects of a child's life. For this reason, it is a good idea for Michigan teachers and administrators to have an understanding of how family law conflicts can affect the children involved and how to keep students safe during a custody dispute. A thorough visitor management process and staff trained in child custody paperwork are good methods to keep children safe in these cases.

Custody disputes do not only result from conflict between two parents. Grandparents, biological parents following an adoption and other family members can also be a kidnapping threat during a time of family conflict. Michigan schools may face issues when noncustodial family members try to pick up children with the intention of violating family law. 

Custody and access to information about a child can vary from case to case, so it is important that administrators treat every case individually. For example, noncustodial parents often still have a legal right to access school records under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act. However, in cases where the noncustodial parent is proven to be abusive, they may be denied access by a court.

Whether a noncustodial family member is trying to take a child out of school, pick them up or simply access a report card, it is important for schools to be proactive and vigilant when it comes to family law issues. The consequences of not having a clear visitor management process can result in unsafe circumstances and even kidnapping. Those who are facing a custody dispute in Michigan should contact a lawyer with knowledge of the state's laws and standards.

Source:, "How Schools Should Protect Students from Child Custody Disputes", Amy Rock, April 23, 2018

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