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Dealing with custodial interference

Child custody disputes can get complicated. Who ends up with the children and for how long can take a lot of time and energy to resolve when the couple cannot agree on things.

The courts always put the children’s interests first, and either parent may feel disgruntled by the decision a court makes. It may lead them to interfere with the custody order. There are several ways a parent could interfere with custody. They include:

  • Limiting the child’s contact with the other parent
  • Denying visitation rights to the other parent
  • Failing to return the child within the time stated in the custody orders or agreed upon with the co-parent
  • Moving out of state with the child against child custody orders or without the knowledge of the other parent
  • Visiting the child without permission from the other parent during their scheduled parenting time

However, if such actions are done with the intention of protecting the child from harm or they arise from events outside the parent’s control, they should not classify as custodial interference.

Documenting custody interference is crucial

It is essential to document every instance of custodial interference so you can report it to law enforcement or the court. You may petition the court to issue new and specific orders for visitation and to prevent future violations. In extreme cases or if the situation persists, the court may modify custody, or fine the offending parent.

If your co-parent is constantly flouting custody orders without any valid reasons, it is important to take corrective action against their behavior. Protect your parental rights by making informed decisions on how to go about the whole process.