As a noncustodial parent in Georgia, do I have a right to see the notes from my child’s counseling sessions?
In Georgia, whether a noncustodial parent has a right to see notes from their child’s counseling sessions depends on the language in the parties’ parenting plan. Often, a parenting plan gives both parents the right to medical records, regardless of who is listed as the custodial parent. However, sometimes only the custodial parent can view them, particularly when that parent has sole custody of the children.
I have seen some counselors take the position that their notes relating to the child on confidential to the child and will not share them with either parent, despite language in a parenting plan. I do not believe their position is correct legally, but I have seen them take that position and had to seek court intervention to get certain documents.
If access to these notes is something that is important to you, I highly recommend having an experienced divorce attorney drafting your parenting plan. This will ensure that you have the proper language included, so you don’t run into any issues down the road.
By Patrick L. Meriwether, Partner, Meriwether & Tharp, LLC