Parents can’t always refuse visitation rights

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

As long as it reasonable to do so, both parents are allowed to maintain a relationship with their children after a divorce. This is generally true even if the parents don’t like each other or don’t like the fact that they have to share a son or daughter with another person. Custodial parents generally cannot interfere with a visitation schedule because they don’t approve of a noncustodial parent’s lifestyle.

For example, the fact that he or she is seeing another person doesn’t mean that a visitation order can be violated. Visitation orders may also remain in effect even if a parent isn’t paying child support. It is worth noting that parents must pay child support even if they don’t have access to their children. Ideally, a child will have his or her own bedroom at each parent’s home or apartment. However, the lack of a bedroom is not a good enough reason to refuse visitation.

A child may not want to see a noncustodial parent, but it doesn’t mean that the child should get his or her way. Instead, parents should work together to find out why this is the case. By working together, it may be possible to overcome the issue without violating a noncustodial parent’s right to see a son or daughter.

While a divorce may end a relationship between two adults, it doesn’t end the relationship between a parent and child. Therefore, parents will ideally work together to ensure that a child has a support system in place during what may be an emotionally trying time. An individual may attempt to negotiate a parenting plan through private talks or with the help of a mediator. Doing so may help parents learn how to communicate while making the divorce less stressful on their children.

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