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March 4, 2020

If I have sole parental rights and responsibilities, can the other parent have access to my child’s records?

Usually, both parents can have access to their child’s medical and school records, even if the child does not live with the parent. However, the court can deny a parent access to the child’s records if the judge believes that access would not be in the child’s best interests (when the parent has been abusive, for example) or if the parent wants access for the purpose of causing harm to the other parent.1 If you are concerned for your safety if the other parent can access the child’s records (which likely include your home address and telephone number), you can ask the judge to deny the other parent access.

1 M.R.S. 19-A § 1653(2)(D)(4)