P!nk concert mother-daughter outing not bad parenting says judge

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Going to see a favorite singer or group in concert is one of the dreams of many pre-teens and teenagers. For parents, that dream means making difficult decisions about whether the child can attend the concert. In most cases, the artist’s performance style, song lyrics, concert location and child’s maturity level all come into play when a parent tries to decide how to handle the child’s request. While parents who are still a couple can come to a decision together, that often isn’t how it works for parents who are divorced.

A case that was filed in another state might interest parents in Florida because of the claims of the parents and the ruling of the judge. In this case, an 11-year-old girl was taken to a Pink concert by her mother. That decision didn’t appeal to the girl’s father, so he opted to file a petition with the family court in New Jersey that sought to have the court note that the child’s mother was abusing her decision making powers as the girl’s parent.

The judge rejected the man’s complaint in a 37-page decision. The judge noted that Pink isn’t necessarily inappropriate for pre-teens, despite her suggestive lyrics and moves. He said that the mother’s choice to take her daughter to the concert wasn’t a show of bad parenting.

When it comes to a parent’s decision-making authority in Florida, the court can stipulate which parent can make which decisions. It is important to note that the court here looks into the best interests of the child and not the wishes of the parents.

Source: CBS New York, “NJ Judge Rules Woman That Took Daughter To Pink Concert Isn’t Bad Parenting,” April. 25, 2015