Father puts GPS tracking on kids phone to stalk or harass Mother

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Jodi - posted on 08/10/2014

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Aquilah, you need to revisit your custody arrangements. A custody agreement can include phone contact.

Dove - posted on 08/10/2014

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If it is by court order that the father is not allowed to know the whereabouts of the mother even when the children are w/ her... then yes, this needs to be taken to court to get a ruling to remove the GPS app. If the children are making regular contact w/ the father there should be no issue.

Jodi - posted on 08/10/2014

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If there are court orders that specify the father has a right to contact with his children when not in his custody (eg. contact by phone between visits is very common), then the mother cannot deny them the cell phone contact or not provide him with a phone number on which to contact them. I would also be very surprised if the father is not permitted to know where the child resides when with the mother. Yes, these issues need to be dealt with in court.

Jenn - posted on 08/09/2014

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Mother is still making sure child maintains contact with father, just not on using the cell phone with the GPS app. Mother would like for the child to use the cell phone father has provided however he is not willing to remove the app. Does this need to be addressed again in court?

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Jenn - posted on 08/10/2014

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Jody, There is in fact a court order that protects the mothers address & phone number from being disclosed to father. The order states that mother is to allow child phone conversations with father. It also states "parent is not to use child by any means to stalk or harass other parent." This raises the question, is the phone being used as tool to remain in contact with the child or keep tabs on the mother? I agree, Sounds like this should be addressed in court. Thanks for the advise.
Aaquilah, Most parenting plans include stipulations that allow parent contact with child when visiting the other parent. If the other parent is not allowing this, father would needs to show reason as to why that is not in your child's best interest. If he is unable, you can request this to be included. It's reasonable to request a time frame to have contact with your child while visiting the other parent. Good luck.

Aaqilah - posted on 08/10/2014

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My ex remarried and his new wife won't allow my daughter tAke her phone there when she visits them as I have custody and she goes there every second weekend and holidays.so that means I don't have contact with her when she's there at all.there's no other way that I can contact her.

Guest - posted on 08/09/2014

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If the father purchased the phone for the kid, he is legally allowed to put the GPS tracking apps on it.

I am not sure if this family is in the US or not, but in the US, unless the father (or mother) threatens or physically attacks the mother (or father), the mother cannot keep the child from the father, nor can she "hide" from him. If there was no child involved, she would have more rights to hiding and privacy, but because they chose to parent the child together, there must be a degree of communication between them unless one parent is deemed a threat.

Does she not have an alarm system? It seems that would be an adequate deterrent should he try to break in and do harm to her because he would get caught and she would then have physical evidence to keep him from her son.

Jenn - posted on 08/09/2014

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The father purchased the phone because mom refuses to give home number the the father again. Father has a history of breaking into the mothers home, stalking & harassment. Also asked a girlfriend to pull mothers credit report & commit fraud in order to find mothers new address. A non contact order can not be issued due to father has not "threatened" the mother within the last year. Scary!

Jodi - posted on 08/08/2014

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It is illegal to stalk and harass the mother. She should report this and get a restraining order. I can't say on the legality of putting the GPS tracking on the phones, it depends who bought them as to who owns them.

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