Who gets to pick the child’s school when parents can’t agree? Which case won?
Father seeks court orders regarding school to be attended by daughter
A couple had a child in 2008 and separated in 2010. The parents had distinctly different world views, with the mother being deeply religious, while the father was not religious at all. After the separation, the couple managed to negotiate arrangements for sharing the care of the child.
In November 2012 the father took legal action against the mother, seeking interim orders binding the parties in relation to the school that their child would attend.
Mother enrols daughter in Christian school
Despite the existence of the unresolved dispute over the child’s future school, two days before the beginning of the 2013 academic year, the mother unilaterally decided to enrol the child at a Christian school situated in reasonable proximity to her home.
The father argued that his daughter should be withdrawn from the Christian school and enrolled in a public school instead, while the mother argued that the child should continue to attend the Christian school.