My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Arkansas.
Visitation order indicates NCP with no written request has summer visit from last day of school for 21 days, then July 1 to 20th for total of 42 days. NCP never sent request and often misses weekend visits for months on end because she chose to work in contract nursing and moves about.
16 yr old got tired of waiting, no knowing plans, so pursued a summer job. When child finally caught up with parent and told them about the job, the parent belittled the child, screaming at them saying they were disgusted in them for getting a job, and demanded their visitation time stating they would be here to pick her up in a few days (Monday).
Do not know address of other parent, just vicinity, and I believe the address is a requirement. Parent may also be working a graveyard shift leaving child at home. While some may argue that child is old enough to stay by themselves, there is concern for this child due to mental health issues. Other parent lost custody a few years ago due to some concerns of abuse.
If parent shows up, must the teen go with? They are demanding half the summer, but technically if going by the VO they have already missed most of the first 3 weeks time and would have to return child at the end of next week until July 1. This would also result in teen losing job. Does teen or I need to obtain an attorney? Or should we wait to see if parent is bluffing and let them start court proceedings?