Non-Custodial Parent and School Records
October 23, 2019 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire

Non-Custodial Parent and School Records

In most cases, custodial and non-custodial parents have the right to access their children's school records. The important information in your children's school records enables the parents to guide their children in their education.


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There are instances when school records may not be released to the non-custodial parent. Documentation must have been given to the school or district documenting the following instances:

A parent does not have the right to access educational records when the parent has been deemed and documented to be a threat to the student resulting in loss of legal custody and has been ordered to supervised visitation.

Access is not allowed if the parent has been denied visitation.

School records are not provided to the non-custodial parent if the parent's access to their child has been denied by a protective order, unless the order specifically states that they may have access to the records.

A probate and family court judge may order that school records not be released to the parent.

If you feel you have been wrongly denied access to your child's educational records or need help understanding your rights you should contact your attorney.

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