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Have You Taken Time to Protect Your Parental Rights?

On behalf of Gregory W. Stevens, Attorney at Law on Monday, May 4, 2020.

All parents face challenges as they raise their children, and the way they respond to these challenges can impact their relationships to each other and to the children they love significantly.

When parents divorce, they often struggle to respect each other's boundaries and privileges, sometimes including behavior that violates the other parent's rights. When one parent's behavior negatively affects the other parent's rights to time with their child, the court may punish them for parenting time interference.

Direct parenting time interference can happen any time one parent's actions or negligence keep the other parent from enjoying all of their custody or visitation time. Indirect interference may happen any time one parent's behavior undermines the other parent's relationship with their child.

Each parent's circumstances are their own, so it is important to understand how the law may apply in your case. If you believe that you are the victim of parenting time interference, it is wise to build a strong legal strategy to keep your rights secure. Creating a legal strategy helps you understand your rights and the legal tools that you have to protect them.

Examples of Interference

Direct interference is easier to identify than indirect interference, in many cases. When one parent keeps another from enjoying their court-approved time with their child, they commit a form of theft. The time that you spend with your child is one of the most precious things that you ever get to have, and once it is gone, it is impossible to replace.

Examples of direct interference include:

  • Changing a custody schedule without proper approval
  • Failing to meet for scheduled custody transfer
  • Taking a child out of the state or country without the other parent's permission or knowledge
  • Refusing to honor visitation days

These are not the only examples of direct interference, but they are some of the most common. Indirect interference is more difficult to identify, in some cases. Indirect interference may happen when one parent's bad behavior violates the other parent's rights to a strong relationship with their child.

Behavior that may qualify as indirect interference includes:

  • Preventing a child from communicating with the other parent
  • Refusing to give a child gifts from another parent
  • Asking the child to spy on the other parent
  • Speaking negatively about the other parent in front of the child

If you experience this kind of behavior, make sure that you understand the tools that you have to protect yourself.

Your Rights are Worth Protecting

Protecting your rights as a parent is an important. If you believe that your child's other parent violates your rights, it is wise to create a strong strategy to keep these rights protected. By creating a legal strategy, you can understand your rights more clearly and ensure that the time you have with your child remains secure.