What Are the Most Common Parenting Time Issues for Parents Who Share Custody?

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There are two main issues that may arise between parents who sharing custody regarding their parenting time. Continue reading to learn how to handle these two issues with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. If you have any further questions, give our firm a call.

What are the most common parenting time issues when sharing custody?

One parent denies the other access to their child: When one parent attempts to deny the other access to their child, this causes major complications for the other parent and their relationship with their child. Even with a custody order in place, it is common for parents to keep the other from spending time with their child. A parent might cancel scheduled visitation by claiming that the child does not want to see the other parent. It could also be seen in a simple way such as cutting time short during the other parent’s parenting time. When this happens, it is important for the parent who is not receiving their parenting time to collect as much evidence as possible of these acts. Once the evidence has been collected, the parent should go to court to ask for enforcement.

One parent fails to show up for their parenting time: The next parenting time issue that is common between parents who share custody is when one parent does not show up for their parenting time. This can cause complications for the parent who cannot rely on their former spouse to show up for their time with their child. This will likely require them to make last-minute childcare arrangements. When backup childcare is not available or accessible, the parent may be forced to miss work or cancel plans. In any circumstance, it is important that the parent documents each time their former spouse does not show up for their parenting time and the results of this cancellation. They should then go to the court to ask for a modification to the custody order to reflect the infrequency of visitation.

If you are a parent who shares custody and are facing a similar situation to these issues, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced family law attorney. To learn more about how an attorney can assist you with this process, give our knowledgeable firm a call today. We are prepared to fight for your rights as a parent.


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