It Sets Guidelines for Appropriate Interactions With Your Children
Video Transcribed: My name is Brian L. Jackson and I’m an Oklahoma father’s rights attorney. Today, we’re going to talk about judicial orders of parental conduct. What are they and when should you have one? Well, judicial order of parental conduct is an order that a court will enter basically setting some guidelines for appropriate and inappropriate interactions with your children in the case of a custody dispute.
For example, if you’re getting divorced or if you were in the midst of a paternity suit. Typically, they get ordered in high conflict cases. That is, if you have a case that’s very hotly contested, where the parties are really at odds with each other that’s typically when you see these.
When should you seek one out? Well, if you have a situation … Well, one possible reason obviously is if you and your children’s mother are really not getting along, but also if you have a situation where you believe, or you have reason to know, or you do know that there’s been bad-mouthing going on, that your children’s mother or someone else has been discussing the facts and circumstances of the case with the children, has been attempting to influence what they might say to a guardian ad litem or what they might say to a judge.
Judicial order of parental conduct can be helpful in a situation like that because it basically is specifically ordering all parties involved not to engage in that kind of behavior.
They can be a bit invasive in some regards, but they have their uses in a situation where there’s high conflict and they do come with teeth because if you violate the judicial order of parental conduct, it carries the potential for a contempt citation, just the same as violating a divorce decree or violating a custody order. They do have their uses.
It’s generally something you’d want in a situation where the two parents are really not seeing eye to eye, especially if there is bad-mouthing going on, or if somebody has discussed the case with the kids, or if there’s reason to believe that there’s parental alienation going on. Any of those kinds of situations, yeah you probably want one.
Obviously, if you get one, don’t violate it yourself because you’re subject to it as well. The judges will issue it against all parties, not just one side or the other side, so that’s something to be aware of if you really don’t want to violate that. It also can be taken into account.
If you’re in the midst of custody litigation, it can be taken into account in the custody litigation, which parent is being good and which parent is not being good. So if you have one, don’t violate it. My name is Brian L. Jackson. I’m a Tulsa father’s rights attorney, and we’ve been talking about judicial orders of parental conduct. Thanks. That’s great. It’s been great.