There are typically two primary issues that arise between parents who share custody regarding their parenting time. To learn about these two issues and the steps to take if you have found yourself in these scenarios, continue reading. If you require the assistance of an experienced family law attorney regarding parenting time, child custody arrangements, or any other family law matter, do not hesitate to give our firm a call. We are prepared to take assist you when you are ready. Contact us today to learn more.
The Two Most Common Parenting Time Issues
One parent does not show up for their parenting time: The first main issue regarding parenting time is when one parent does not attend their scheduled parenting time visits. Failing to show up for parenting time can put the other parent in a sticky situation. When a parent does not show up in time or cancels altogether, this forces the other parent to make last-minute childcare arrangements. When backup childcare arrangements are not accessible, this may cause the parent further complications and may make them miss work or have to cancel plans. The parent who is unable to rely on their former spouse to attend their parenting time visits should document these cancellations every time. This evidence is essential. Once this has been collected, the parent should go to court to ask for a modification of their custody order to reflect the infrequency of visitation.
One parent denies the other access to their child: The second common issue regarding parenting time is when one parent tries to keep the other from spending time with their child and denies access to their child. For example, one parent might cancel their scheduled visitation time on multiple occasions stating that the child does not want to see the other parent. Another example is when a parent cuts visitation time short between the other parent and their child on a frequent basis. When any of these actions occur to a parent, it is important that the parent who is being kept from their child document each incident. Once the evidence is collected, they should then go to court to ask for enforcement.
If you have found yourself in a similar scenario with your former spouse, it is important that you speak with an experienced family law attorney who can assist you. Our knowledgeable legal team is prepared to walk you through the steps ahead to achieve a positive outcome for you and your child.
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