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When the other parent allows the child too much screen time

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2016 | Child Custody

People in Maryland who are divorced and share custody of their children with their exes often work together in co-parenting relationships. Unfortunately, issues can arise when exes disagree about the parenting rules they maintain in their respective homes. One common example involves how much time a child is allowed to spend on their computer, television or smartphone.

A parent who is worried about their child’s screen time has a couple of different options for approaching the subject. The best way is to sit down with the other parent and try to reach an agreement regarding the amount of time the child is allowed to play games or sit in front of a screen.

Many experts say that a consistency of rules and routines between both homes is best for children. If the other parent refuses to limit the child’s screen time, the parent may choose to let it go. They may also file a motion with the court requesting that the judge order the other parent to limit the screen time. It is not always a good idea for a parent to file such a motion in court, however. Such motions should only be called for if excessive screen time is seriously affecting the child’s life.

People who have joint custody of their children may want to speak with family law attorneys when they have concerns. An attorney might advise a client about whether or not it is wise to file a motion with the court that has jurisdiction over the case. If the attorney believes that the situation warrants it, they may then agree to file the motion and litigate the issue in court.

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