Do I have the right to meet my ex’s girlfriend if she is around our children?

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Do I have the right to meet my ex’s girlfriend if she is around our children?

I have been divorced for a little over 4 years.
My ex husband has been seeing his girlfriend
the entire time and she spends time with my
children. I have asked repeatedly just to meet
her. I don’t want her phone number or address.
I just want to meet her. And they refuse. Do I
have a right to meet anyone spending time with
my children? What can I do?

Asked on April 20, 2019 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not have the right to meet her, any more than you have the right to meet his friends, his neighbors, his coworkers, his housekeeper (if he has one),  or anyone else in his life who may spend time with your children. That they are your children does not give you the right to meet anyone who may interact with them or to control your ex's life (and forcing him to introduce you to his girlfriend is to exercise control over it) in any way not specifically provided for, in so many words, by the terms of your divorce settlement or decree.


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