As a divorced parent, it’s critical to understand the terms and conditions of your parenting plan. This is particularly true when it comes to child custody. Not only does your understanding make it easier to co-parenting, but it also allows you to provide your children with a stable future.
At some point, you may realize that your ex-spouse isn’t on the same page. Rather than follow the details of your parenting plan, they’re interfering with child custody. And as a result, it’s affecting both you and your children.
Child custody interference comes in many forms, including but not limited to:
- Keeping a child away from their other parent: For example, if you have visitation rights, your ex-spouse doesn’t have the legal right to keep your child from seeing you. This is a violation of your court order.
- Limiting contact with the other parent: Take, for example, a situation in which your ex-spouse has physical custody. Although your children live with your ex, they should still be able to contact you by phone, email or through other means.
- Visiting at the wrong time: Maybe you have physical custody of your children and your ex has visitation rights. They can’t show up at your home whenever they want. They must follow the visitation schedule that’s in place. If they continually show up at the wrong time, they’re violating the court order.
- Hiding a child: This is one of the most serious forms of child custody interference. It comes into play when a parent takes a child and stops all communication with the other parent. They may even move out of the area in an attempt to go undetected. Not only is this child custody interference, but it’s likely a crime as well.
When you and your ex do your part in following the parenting plan, it’s not common to run into concerns regarding child custody interference. Instead, you should be able to talk through every disagreement.
Conversely, if you come to realize that child custody interference has become a big part of your life, it’s time to learn more about your legal rights and how to protect them. Don’t let your ex continue to make things difficult on you.