Whether you are a parent who recently ended your marriage or you and your ex got divorced many years ago, it is pivotal to firmly stand up for yourself if the other party refuses to respect your custody or visitation rights.
When a parent loses access to his or her children, this can become an extremely emotional issue, and you likely feel devastated. However, do not let feelings of hopelessness prevent you from taking action, especially since this could have a significant impact on your relationship with your child.
Denied visitation and your options
If your child’s other parent is not letting your spend time with your child in accordance with a court order, you need to go over your options. According to Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services, there are different ways in which parents can address denied visitation. Sometimes, mediation can help resolve a dispute and allow a parent to spend time with their child again. However, mediation does not always work, and you may need to take your case to court.
If the other parent of your child refuses to let you see your child in violation of a court order, they could become held in contempt of court, which can have serious penalties.
Safeguarding your visitation rights
Make sure you have a clear understanding of your legal rights with respect to visitation. Do not allow your ex to intimidate you and do not let threats prevent you from taking steps to protect your visitation rights. The time you spend with your child plays a key role in your relationship with your son or daughter, and parents in this position deserve justice.