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Enforcing a visitation order

| Feb 25, 2021 | Child Custody |

If you recently completed the divorce process or you are in the early stages of ending your marriage, you likely need to focus on various legal matters. If you have kids, custody is a crucial issue and you need to make sure you understand your rights as well as your responsibilities. For example, if your child’s other parent refuses to let you see your child in accordance with the terms of a visitation order, you need to go over your legal options.

Unfortunately, some parents refuse to cooperate and allow their ex to spend time with the kids, even though they have a legal obligation to make sure that children spend time with the other parent. In these cases, non-custodial parents need to review enforcement.

How are visitation orders enforced?

According to the Texas State Law Library, parents can reach out to the court for help with regard to enforcing a visitation order. In some instances, parents who do not cooperate find themselves held in contempt of court, which can result in harsh repercussions. For example, some parents find themselves held in civil or criminal contempt of court for violating the terms of a visitation order, which could carry the threat of prison time.

How should parents handle denied visitation?

If you are unable to resolve your issues by reaching out to your child’s other parent, taking your case to court is often necessary. Before doing so, you need to prepare carefully. Gather as much evidence as you can to prove that the other parent is not respecting your visitation rights intentionally.