Whether you are a custodial parent or a non-custodial parent, parenting time can become a major issue if the other party is not cooperating and abiding by the terms of a court order. With parenting time and all other issues related to child custody and visitation, emotions can run high and these ordeals can place a significant amount of stress on parents and their children.
It is pivotal to understand your options, especially if you find yourself in the middle of a unique situation. Try to remain calm, but stay firm when it comes to protecting your child’s best interests and your rights.
An overview of parenting time
Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services goes over parenting time violations and options available to parents. Parenting time refers to the time that a non-custodial parent can spend with his or her child, and the court order outlines parenting time.
If parents refuse to respect court orders with regard to parenting time, enforcement options are available. From makeup parenting time to contempt charges, the penalties for violations are serious.
Various parenting time problems can arise
Unfortunately, many parents and children suffer due to parenting time violations, which can take various forms. For example, a parent may not realize that they must respect parenting time provisions even if the other parent is not paying child support they owe. If a parent does not return the child, this could lead to kidnapping charges. Some parents also face uncertainty when the child does not live with their custodial parent or a parent refuses to see their child.
If you are struggling with any parenting time problems, make sure you understand your rights.