Violation of a Child Custody or Visitation Order

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Most Common Family Law Issues:

What Is Child Custody and Child Visitation?

Child custody means a person has legal guardianship over a child. There are various types of child custody orders, but a legal guardian typically has physical supervision of the child and can also make decisions for the child.

Child visitation is the right of a person to visit a child who is under the custody of another person. Child visitation rights cannot be denied without the consent of a court.

My Child Custody/Visitation Court Order Was Violated, What Can I Do?

Parents usually violate a visitation order by keeping a child for too long or failing to pick up a child at the right time. You have many options to use if your court order is being violated. Here are a few options:

What Could Happen If a Parent Disobeys a Child Custody Court Order?

Disobeying a court child custody order may result in harsh consequences:

What Should I NOT Do?

Do not take matters into your own hands. Follow the child custody and visitation orders. Always take the moral and legal high ground.

Never ignore violations of court orders. It is in your best interest, and your child’s, to document violations and report it to your attorney or the court.

Do not speak negatively about the other parent. The courts prefer that both parents be involved in the lives of their children; “turning” your child against the other parent will not help your custody dispute.

Should I Get a Family Law Attorney?

Yes, family law cases can be complex, especially when they involve children. An experienced family law attorney will be able to help you enforce your child custody or visitation order.

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Last Modified: 11-17-2014 04:39 PM PST

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