SC Parental Equality Act and Child Related Information

SC Parental Equality Act

By M. J. Goodwin

 

A non-custodial parent is not dependent on the custodial parent for all information about a child. In South Carolina, Section 63-15-260 of the South Carolina Code of Laws provides that:

“Notwithstanding the custody arrangement and in addition to all rights and duties given to parents pursuant to Section 63-5-30, each parent has equal access and the same right to obtain all educational records and medical records of his or her minor children and the right to participate in the children’s school activities and extracurricular activities that are held in public locations unless prohibited by an order of the court or State law.”

What this section of law means is that both parents can go to the school and talk to teachers or other educational professionals. Both parents can talk to the child’s doctors. Both parents can go to the child’s ball games or dance recitals. And the non-custodial parent does not have to rely on the custodial parent to get this information. He or she can contact the providers of education, medical care or extracurricular activities on his or her own. This section of law is often a surprise to parents who have contacted me to complain that the custodial parent has not sent them the child’s report card or notice of the dance recital.

As a practical matter, for my clients, I suggest that the parent contact the school directly and get access to the “Parent Portal” if the school has one. This provides 24/7 access to a child’s grades and attendance and is a valuable tool for all parents.

Parenting doesn’t end with separation or divorce. Be proactive and be part of your child’s life. If you need a Family Court attorney in Anderson or the surrounding area, you can contact me by email at mj@mjgoodwin.com

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