Addressing denied parenting time

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2024 | Child Custody |

Child custody battles can be emotionally challenging. This is especially true when one parent denies the other their rightful parenting time.

Parents getting a divorce should understand the different types of child custody arrangements and how to navigate the difficult situation of denied parenting time.

Child custody arrangements

Child custody refers to the legal and practical arrangements made for the care and upbringing of a child after a divorce or separation. There are two primary types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody determines where the child will live, while legal custody grants decision-making authority concerning the child’s upbringing, education, healthcare and religious practices.

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, courts take a number of factors into consideration when making custody decisions. For example, courts consider the wishes of the child, each parent’s ability to take care of the child, family relationships and other issues.

Denied parenting time

Denied parenting time occurs when one parent interferes with or obstructs the other parent’s scheduled visitation or parenting time. This can be emotionally distressing for both the parent and the child involved. Common reasons for denied parenting time include bitterness, control issues, revenge or concerns about the child’s safety. Parents in this position should keep a record of all denied parenting time incidents, including dates, times and any relevant communication. This documentation will be valuable if they need to take legal action or modify the custody arrangement.

Dealing with denied parenting time can be emotionally draining, but it is vital to prioritize the well-being of the child. By understanding the different types of child custody and following the necessary steps, parents can work towards resolving the issue and ensuring a healthy and stable environment for their child.