What If My Child Refuses Visitation?

Determine The Reasons

Divorce is already a stressful time, so what happens if your child refuses visitation? The answer is the same no matter if they are refusing to visit you or your ex. At first, it may seem insensitive to require your child or teen to spend time with the other parent. However, there can be legal consequences to not doing so. If a parent is denied visitation with their child, or your child outright refuses visitation, the custodial parent can be held in contempt of Court! As a parent, you should listen to your child and work to determine their reasoning for refusing visitation. After all, the end goal is to facilitate and encourage time with the other parent, but only if he or she has demonstrated the ability to act in the child’s best interest.

What To Do?

Overall, the best thing to do is to continue exercising visitation as the Court had previously ordered. If you find sufficient reasons such as parental alienation or abuse taking place, you may be able to take action. We could potentially file a petition to modify your previous Court order. Even if you believe there is abuse, do not act alone. Until a new agreement or Court order is in place, both the child and parent(s) are legally expected to follow the possession schedule as ordered.

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We believe that family is the most important thing in a parent’s life. Therefore, we help parents make difficult decisions about what is best for their children. Sanchez & Wood Law’s Texas child support attorneys use family law expertise in order to protect your rights and to reach an agreement in your specific case. Reach out to us on our website, DM or call us today at 888-981-7509. Our team of attorneys can use their expertise to fight for you and reach an agreement in your specific case. 

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