I wish I knew how to answer this dad, but I don’t, so I’m crowd-sourcing. If you’re a lawyer, or have been through a custody battle with Free-Range implications (here kashdtitey
the subject of a Law Review article), please weigh in.
The one resource I did direct the dad to is California Safe Routes to Schools. This organization believes in kids walking to school and tries to make sure all kids can. Here’s the national site, in case you want to contact them yourselves. And I’ll be speaking at the Oregon Safe Routes to Schools conference in Eugene this Monday night, June 20 — free! — in case you’re anywhere near there. Anyway, here’s the letter I just got:
My ex-wife is trying to get a court order that bars me from letting my nine-year old boy walk to school next year (he’ll be in the fourth grade). We live only 750 feet from the school and there is only one stop sign. She is a classic helicopter parent..I am in the state of California. Can she legally do this?