I live in Michigan. Recently the custodial parent (biological mother) has enrolled my step daughter in many extra curricular activities that all take place while she is in our (her father and me) care. I have heard / read somewhere that parenting time comes before extra curricular activities in the eyes of the court. I have tried calling my local court, but am having no luck getting my telephone call returned.
Here's my question: Are we required to take my step daughter to her games/practices even though they take place on our time? Or is there a STATE LAW that states that parenting time comes before other activities? Custodial parent says that if she doesn't show up for practices, she won't be able to participate in the games. We have tried switching visitation days so that minor child can attend her practices on her mother's time, but her mother said absolutely not. I feel like a glorified taxi/babysitter! We only get her two hours weekly and every other weekend. Practices take place Wed (our night) 5-6:45pm, Fridays at the same time, and games are every other Saturday while she is in our care. We support step daughters choice to join a team, but since her mother is the one who signed her up, shouldn't she be the one taking her to the practices/games? She is only eight years old, which is a very influential age group. Now, just as much as ever, she needs quality time with her father and I. HELP!!