If my ex wife and I share custody, can she force me to get old police reports for my current girlfriend who was convicted of child abuse/neglect over a decade ago?

In the mid 2000’s my current girlfriend became addicted to prescription opiates

and got pregnant. Her child was born with opiates in her system after the

prescribing doctor died and my addicted girlfriend did not get off opiates during

her pregnancy. She was charged with child abuse and or neglect. My ex-wife did a search online and saw the charges and is now threatening to take me back to court and take my children away from me, or have the court order that my new girlfriend not be alone with my children, if I don’t obtain a copy of the police report from the incident for her to see. Can she do this?

Asked on August 21, 2018 under Family Law, Arizona

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Your ex wife is concerned about your kids but is not really going about things properly here.  First off she can not "order" you to get a copy of the police report.  She can, though, bring a proceeding alleging that your girlfriend cause potential harm to your kids.  At that point you would need to produce evidence that she has turned her life around and that was a one time incident.  I truly fail to see how the police report will calm her fears.  It will only help fuel her fire.  I would speak with an attorney and get your ducks in a row.  You are in for a fight. Good luck.  


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