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MOTHER HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR NOT NOTIFYING DAD OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

A mother was found in contempt for failing to comply with the following Agreement regarding notification of school activities:
“School and extracurricular activities of the minor child shall be communicated to the other parent when the receiving parent first receives notice of the event and any associated preparation dates, including date, time, and place so as to allow both parties to attend when possible.”
The Mother claimed the notices of school activities could be found by the Dad in the child’s book bag. Thus, if he would have properly checked the child’s book bag, he would have been advised of the extracurricular activities. Before the chancery court, Dad asserted that he did not know he was supposed to check the book bag after school; therefore, he did not receive any of the notices.

The Mother was fined $1,000 for attorneys fees for not directly providing notice. The Court of Appeals affirmed, agreeing with the Chancellor that the Mother had the duty to notify the Dad and not expect him to check the book bag.

See: Carpenter v. Lyles, No. 2011–CP–01772–COA (5/28/13)