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When a divorce happens with minor children still in the picture, Timesharing (aka custody) comes into play. While it’s often an organized way to share custody of the children, if there is lingering antagonism between the parents, problems can arise.   From a Reddit post in April 2022, just such a situation occurred. A mother and father divorced and now share 50/50 timesharing duties. The mother has remarried and has had children with her new husband. The father bought his daughter a cell phone so she could stay in touch with both parents. She often texts her father, especially when she’s staying with her mother.   The father dropped his daughter off at school on Monday, and her mom picked her up as usual.  So far. So good. The daughter continued to text her dad on and off while she was at school, but after she was picked up by her mom, the texts suddenly stopped. The father thought this was strange, as she usually texted him before bed, but didn’t worry too much about it. Alarmingly, he also received no messages from his daughter the next day. At that point, he texted his ex-wife asking for an explanation, but didn’t get an answer. Then, after school was over, the father received a single disturbing text from his daughter. It simply read ‘daddy help’. Understandably in a panic, he called and texted his ex but received no response, and so he rushed over to her house to ensure that his daughter was okay.   When the father arrived at the house, his daughter came out of the home along with her stepfather. The stepfather then began questioning why the father was even there, as it wasn’t his custody week. That’s when a heated argument broke out between the father and the stepfather. The father learned that the stepfather had banned all cell phones and video games in his household.   It turns out that the daughter got upset on Monday after her stepbrother made fun of her, so she snuck onto her phone so that she could text her dad, but was caught in the act and her phone was then taken away. When the ex-wife returned home, she agreed with her new husband that the father shouldn’t have come over despite receiving such a disturbing text.   He told the pair that he owned the phone and his daughter should be able to contact him when she wants to. He immediately took his daughter home since she didn’t want to be at her stepfather’s house any more.   So what would you do? Most of the time, timesharing goes smoothly, but it also relies on the goodwill of each of the parents and their new partners to make it work. Most parents place the needs of their children front and center above any petty differences with their ex. When this doesn’t happen, you may need the help of an experienced Family Law Attorney to help you sort through the issues.   Your team at Brodie Friedman has deep experience negotiating fair Timesharing Agreements that protect your children and your rights.