When the marriage is over and the court grants one parent primary possession of the children and the other access (visitation) rights, it is important that both parties honor this ruling. This is known as a custody order, and it is binding.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the parent with possession of the child to withhold visitation. There is no doubt that this can be a heart-wrenching experience. However, it is crucial to know what you should, or should not, do if you are denied visitation.
Here are a couple of missteps you need to avoid when denied visitation:
Stopping child support payments
Stopping a child support payment order to get back at an ex who is preventing you from seeing your child can work against you in court. Remember, the court expects you to pay child support. As such, disregarding this order can result in you being charged with contempt of court, and this can land you in jail.
Taking matters into your hands
There is no doubt that being denied access to your child can be frustrating. However, the last thing you want to do is act out of desperation and kidnap your child. Parental abduction happens when you transfer the child to a different location against the existing court order.
Blowing up on social media
Chances are you have a social media profile. However, you should never take to social media to lash out at your ex for denying you the right to visit your child. Doing so can greatly hurt your custody case, especially if the court learns that you are disparaging or threatening your ex.
Child custody matters can be quite stressful if either party is violating court orders. Find out how you can deal with an ex who is preventing you from seeing your child.