In the state of Pennsylvania, a father filed a lawsuit preventing his son from playing football. The father sued his ex-wife, the custodial parent, seeking the court to order their 17-year-old son from continuing playing football following three previous concussions.
Reports of the case highlight the father’s concerns about CTE, the degenerative brain disease with symptoms of slurred speech, headaches and depression. These were the symptoms an Iowa football player who took his life and was posthumously diagnosed with CTE.
The Pennsylvania father’s lawyer commented on his suit to stop his son from playing football, “If I can’t stop him now, he’s on track to have done a lot more damage”.
Texas conservatorship and decisions regarding children’s activities
In Texas, decisions and agreements about conservatorship, possession and access direct which parent has authority to make decisions for the children. In many cases children are young when these parenting plans and custody orders are determined and as children grow older it makes sense to reconsider things as children grow older and want to play contact sports like football.
Parents who are sole or joint managing conservators have the right to consult with school officials about the child’s welfare, including their participation in school activities such as football. Unless a conservator parent’s rights are limited by a court order, there may not be a way for one parent to stop the other from allowing the child to continue playing contact sports.
Modifying parenting plans and custody orders about football and extracurricular sports
Plano, Texas parents concerned about extracurricular activities and contact sports may bring a legal action to the court with original jurisdiction over the divorce case or raise their objections during the initial case to address concerns about the best interest of the children.
Experts with specialized knowledge in contact sports, head trauma and CTE can present testimony upon which a court can enter an order limiting the scope of a parent’s decision-making authority. One should not need to seek sole managing conservatorship and limit the other parent to resolve decisions about contact sports. The issues and arguments involved can be complex and few Texas courts have reported decisions on point.
As more information about young athletes and their parents concerns about contact sports Scroggins Law Group will share that relevant information.
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