Parents Who Interfere with Custody/Visitation

It can be difficult to tell the difference between what is and is not custodial interference. Below, we take a look at some examples of each.

Problems that may NOT be custodial interference

• Being late to custody exchanges after notifying you of a delay
• Arguments over a child’s extracurricular activities
• Failing to wash a child’s clothes before sending him or her to you
• Buying extravagant gifts for a child
• Allowing a child to call when he or she is with you if necessary

If specific problems get worse or they start having a detrimental impact on your child or your time with your child, then they may cross the line into interference.

Problems that CAN be considered interference

• Refusing to return your child to you
• Taking your child out of the country or state without your knowledge or permission
• Prohibiting a child from calling or contacting you
• Spending time with your child during your parenting time without your consent
• Requiring your child to stay in constant contact while he or she is with you
• Consistently keeping a child longer than the time allotted in your parenting agreement

What to do if your ex is interfering with your parenting time?

You may file with the court if your claims have merit. The courts can modify your custody plan, restrict visitation for your ex, issue fines and/or order mediation to remedy the situation.

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