For Chandra, keeping her daughter’s monthly visits to her father is important. But, Chandra’s degenerative eye condition was making it increasingly difficult to make these visits and to keep in compliance with her current custody order.
Chandra, whose daughter is a patient at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, was referred to the PhilaKIDS Medical-Legal Partnership by her daughter’s physician. She had expressed concern about her ability to comply with the custody order, which required monthly visits to her daughter’s father who lives in Maryland.
Due to her degenerative eye sight, Chandra was finding the drive increasingly difficult. Unpredictable circumstances, including weather conditions, impacted her ability to drive. She wanted her daughter to continue to see her father, but, when Chandra asked, he refused to drive to Philadelphia to pick her up.
LCD Staff Attorney Theresa Brabson, who is assigned to the PhilaKids MLP, thought that she could negotiate with the father, rather than litigating the issue. Ultimately, Theresa’s forethought and negotiations kept the issue out of court. She ultimately negotiated a deal where he agreed to the majority of the driving.
Chandra’s daughter continues to see her father regularly and Chandra no longer needs to put herself at risk by driving the long distance to Maryland.