Families Struggle With Visitation Orders

Families Struggle With Visitation Orders

For many North Carolina families, visitation rights often emerge as part of a divorce or after the parents have severed their romantic relationship. While co-parenting is often the recommended course of action to provide children with a loving and consistent environment, problems may arise regarding the visitation plan.

Many custody arrangements call for one parent to be the primary custodian and the other to have visitation rights. However, in some cases, the custodian takes advantage of his or her power and uses it as leverage against the other parent. This may occur because the parents do not get along with each other or because the custodial parent is bitter about his or her time being infringed upon by the parent with visitation.

The custodial parent may infringe on the non-custodial parent’s rights by not observing the provisions in the visitation agreement. He or she may be late in making the child available for visitation and may deny reasonable access to the child. In some instances, the custodial parent may alienate the parent with visitation by completely denying visitation privileges and by taking steps to negatively influence the relationship between the parent and the child.

Individuals who believe that their parental rights are being denied may want to meet with their family law attorney to see what recourse may be available. Courts view the best interests of the child as begin paramount in these types of matters, and they are unlikely to look kindly upon a custodial parent who is interfering with the other parent’s visitation rights. In some cases, a modification of the custody order could be granted.

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