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What Happens When a Parent Denies Visitation?

For children of divorce, visitation is an extremely important part of their life. It allows children to spend time with both parents, which is beneficial for their development. Unfortunately, there are times when one parent denies the other visitation time. What happens then? Horton & Goodman, LLC will explain the options that are available to you.

How to Tackle Denied Visitation

There are a few steps that parents who are denied visitation should take.

1. Start a Conversation

One of the first things to do is to have a conversation with the parent denying visitation. It is a possibility that there is a misunderstanding or that the visitation schedule needs to be adjusted. If this tactic does not work, the next step would be to contact a lawyer.

2. Retain an Attorney

A lawyer can help individuals understand their rights as a parent and can assist them in taking legal action if necessary. They can also help in navigating the court system and ensuring that visitation is enforced. Attorneys may also choose to send a formal letter requesting compliance with any custody agreements to the parent denying visitation.

3. Taking Issues to Court

If the above options do not get results, another option is to file a motion with the court. This motion will request that the court enforce the other parent to follow the set visitation agreement. If the other parent still refuses to allow visitation, they can be held in contempt of court. Ultimately, this could result in fines or even jail time.

4. Keep a Level Head

If an individual finds themselves in a situation where their ex-spouse is not following custody arrangements, it can be extremely frustrating. However, it is crucial to keep a level head and tackle this issue head-on. Keeping detailed records of violations to present to an attorney can assist in building a court case.

Attorneys That Care in South Carolina

At Horton & Goodman, LLC we understand just how important visitation is for children. That’s why we are here to help when custody issues arise. Whether you need a modification or assistance enforcing orders, our team is here.