If your child’s other parent has a PPO against you, you can still have your court ordered parenting time unless the judge changes the parenting time order, or the PPO says you are not allowed to see or contact your child.
The PPO might order you not to contact or communicate with the other parent. It might say you can’t do any or all of the following things:
- Talk on the phone or in person to the other parent
- Text him or her
- Email him or her
- Send him or her letters
If the PPO says you can’t communicate with your child’s other parent, you can’t contact him or her for any reason. This includes discussing parenting time. If you do the judge could order you to pay a fine or put you in jail, even if the other parent contacted you first.
If the PPO says you can’t communicate with the other parent, one of you may want to ask a third person to help arrange parenting time. This should be a neutral person who is not involved in the conflict between you and your child’s other parent. To obey the PPO anything you need to ask or tell the other parent must go through the third person. For example, if you are running late to pick up your child for parenting time, call the third person. The third person can let the other parent know. If the PPO says you can’t go to the other parent’s home or appear in the other parent’s sight, you may need the third person to pick up and drop off the child for parenting time.
If you do not have someone who can do this, the Friend of the Court may be able to suggest other resources. To find the phone number for the Friend of the Court in your county, click on “Court Information” in the Organizations & Courts section of this website.