Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. I have custody of my child on July 4th as part of my custody agreement. If my child's other parent doesn't make the child available for fireworks, as Wednesday is "not my day" or refuses to drop the child off after the event, is there any legal action that I can take?
If my child is held after the event, and the point is for the other parent to force me to wait to pick him up the next day on that parent's terms, then is there legally anything that I can do?
Dear Juneau Resident,
Custody agreements are civil agreements and JPD officers do not interpret them in the field. You would need to speak with a civil attorney and get some advice or bring the issue to the court who authorized the custody agreement. All of that is much more expensive and troublesome then trying to come to an agreement. Some people have good luck using a third party, like a mutual friend, to help.
JPD only responds to a custody dispute if the situation becomes a disturbance or assault. Since you are asking about legal options it seems you are too responsible to traumatize a child with an in-person conflict even if you don't get results that are ideal for you. JPD wishes all parents would take that stand.