Can my husband legally discipline my kids, his stepchildren?

Not physically but just tell them to behave, go to their room, etc. They live with us during the school year, stay with their dad on the weekend, and my ex husband and I share the summers.

Asked on September 6, 2015 under Family Law, Arkansas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As long as the discipline does not constitute corporal punishment i.e. spanking, etc., he has whatever rights that you give him while your children are living with you during the school year. To the extent that you do not allow him to discipline your children, he must comply.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

This is up to you, who have parental authority and rights. If you allow him to discipline your children that is, you essentially delegate some of your authority to him, he can if you do not allow him to discipline them, he cannot, since being your spouse or a step-parent does not give him any parental rights or authority of his own.


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