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What to do if the other parent denies or interferes in visitation

| Oct 10, 2019 | Child Custody |

Not every couple who divorces can fit into the co-parenting mold that is so popular these days. Parents who go on vacation and spend holidays together with the children may represent a smaller portion of co-parents than people think. Talking to other Sugar Land couples who share parenting time with their children after a divorce would probably back this up. In fact, a certain percentage of parents find themselves in a situation where the other parent denies or interferes in visitation with the children.

Ordinarily, this has less to do with the parenting abilities of the person denied visitation and more to do with the other parent seeking revenge or simply being upset with the other parent. There is no way to get around the fact that some marriages simply do not end well, and one parent may put the children in the middle of that personal relationship. Talking to the other parent may reveal a reasonable explanation for dropping off the children late or canceling a visit and a solution may be reached.

In that case, the parent not receiving court-ordered visitation may give the other parent the benefit of the doubt while still documenting the issue. Keeping a record of this type of interference in visitation is vital in case it becomes necessary to go back to court. Even if one parent is not paying child support, the custodial parent cannot deny visitation for that reason.

The Sugar Land parent not receiving visitation can return to court to enforce the visitation order. On the other hand, there could be a valid reason for not allowing visitation, but if that is the case, the parent who denies or interferes in visitation should take his or her concerns to court. Otherwise, violating the order without doing so could result in sanctions from the court.