If your child’s other parent refuses to respect your rights with respect to parenting time, you need to immediately look over your options. Unfortunately, some parents lose the ability to spend time with their children because their ex refuses to cooperate. When a parent does not obey a court order, the other party has options with regard to enforcement.
In Michigan, there are serious penalties for parenting time violations. For example, a parent who does not respect a parenting time order could have to spend time behind bars.
Dealing with parenting time violations
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, if your child’s other parent denies parenting time you deserve through a parenting time order, you can reach out to the Friend of the Court for assistance with enforcement. The Friend of the Court typically initiates enforcement actions after receiving written complaints. In addition, you can file a motion in court and ask for the enforcement of your parenting time order.
The penalties for parenting time violations
If a parent violates the terms of a parenting time order, they could face a number of repercussions. For example, they could have to provide additional parenting time to the other party to make up for missed time. Sometimes, courts modify custody and parenting time provisions because of these violations, and some parents find themselves held in contempt of court.
It is important to note that custodial parents must allow parenting time even if the other party fails to pay child support. If you are struggling with parenting time violations, do not hesitate to review your options.