Call (347) 797-1188 | (914) 362-3080 Now To Schedule A 20-minute Case Assessment Or Full 50-minute Case Strategy Consultation!

Law Offices Of David Bliven
Law Offices Of David Bliven
  • White Plains Office 19 Court Street
    Suite 206
    White Plains, NY 10601
  • Bronx Office 3190 Riverdale Avenue
    Suite 1
    Bronx, NY 10463

Am I Legally Obligated to Make My 5 Year Old Son Accept or Return Calls With His Father When My Son Is In My Possession?

  • By: David Bliven
  • Published: May 10, 2022

Q:  “We currently have a custody case in the courts of Westchester NY, with the preliminary hearing taking place August 2022. To mitigate unnecessary issues, I shared my son’s ipad information with his dad for him to call him directly, and that he can contact me directly to do wellbeing checks and ask questions about his emotional, mental and psychical needs. However, my son does not like talking to his father when his girlfriend hops in on their facetime session. Because of this, my son does not want to answer the calls and or return them. My son’s father is now accusing me of preventing him from talking to his son. There is no court order custody in place, but I have initiated the process and have our first appearance, August 2022.”

A: “You’re not ‘legally obligated’ if there’s no court order requiring you to facilitate the calls. That said, you should simply explain to the Father what the son’s concern is, and that the call is intended to be between him & the child. For a full assessment, schedule a consult with a Westchester Child Custody attorney.”

David Bliven, Esq.

Serving primarily White Plains and the Bronx, we provide
guidance for a range of family law considerations
Call Us Now - (347) 797-1188 | (914) 362-3080