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Judge cites parents' rights in ruling on concert case

Parents ofTexas teenagers, preteens and even younger children have to deal with making decisions on what is age appropriate on an almost daily basis. From TV shows and music to clothing and socializing, there are almost endless possible points of disagreement for divorced or separated parents sharing custody of their children. When the two parties strongly disagree on what is the right decision, the case may end up in court.

While the father of an 11-year-old girl was concerned that a rock concert was too "sexually suggestive" for his daughter, a family court judge disagreed in a 37-page ruling. The girl's mother agreed to take her daughter to a Pink concert in December 2013. The father believed the decision was evidence of poor parenting and wanted the court to intervene.

In the judge's ruling, however, he talked about the parents' "basic constitutional right" to make decisions about the child during their specific parenting time. The judge also pointed out how many ex-spouses bring minor issues into the courts that really should be able to be settled without them.

Media reports did not indicate what kind of custody situation was involved in this case. However, this can apply to both sole custody or shared parenting orders.

It's normal for each parent to feel like they know what is best for the child and to be less than thrilled for an ex-spouse to question their parenting decisions. However, even when there are differences of opinion, it's important of the parents to work together and do everything reasonably possible to come to an agreement before going to the courts.

Source: UPI, "Pink concert did not harm New Jersey girl, judge rules," Kate Stanton, April. 26, 2015

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