Denial of Child Visitation

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What Can I Do If I'm Denied Visitation?

When two parents are divorced or separated, the custodial parent sometimes prevents the non-custodial parent from exercising his or her child visitation rights. Some common reasons for denying visitation include:

If there is a custody order in force, denying visitation is illegal and can have serious legal repercussions for the parent who denies visitation.

In some jurisdictions, a custodial parent may deny visitation if visitation with the non-custodial parent would risk exposing the child to immediate bodily injury or emotional harm, but the custodial parent must also take specific steps, such as notifying the appropriate authorities. This is only permitted in exceptional circumstances.

How Do I Enforce My Visitation Rights?

If you are being denied visitation, you have several options. If you are able to contact the custodial parent, you may first want to attempt to contact him or her to find out the reason he or she is preventing visitation. If this does not resolve the issue, you can consider the following:

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Visitation Issue?

When the custodial parent disregards the court’s orders, it can be devastating to the non-custodial parent and the children. A family lawyer can help you understand your options and can present your case to the court to prevent ongoing violations.

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Last Modified: 05-01-2014 11:46 AM PDT

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