Dad's Rights

November 1, 2004

A divorced father came into the office and asked to see his child's account. The mother is the responsible party. What right does the father have to the child's account if he is not listed as a responsible party?

Question: A divorced father came into the office and asked to see his child's account. The mother is the responsible party. What right does the father have to the child's account if he is not listed as a responsible party?

Answer: The answer is based on state law and can also be addressed in the divorce agreement; ask your attorney about the rights of the noncustodial parent and how he/she recommends that you handle these situations. In some states, they have rights to everything (unless the court has ruled otherwise in their specific case); in others, they have no rights (unless specifically addressed in the agreement).