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Examples of custodial interference

Custodial interference is a wide-ranging term that takes into account a lot of different situations. As you can imagine, these are situations in which one parent infringes on the other parent’s rights in some way. To get a better idea of how this happens, consider these three examples:

— Your ex won’t give you the child for the scheduled visitation. Your ex may have a number of excuses — the child needs to go home and do homework or he or she isn’t feeling well — but the end result is the same. You were supposed to see your child, and it didn’t happen. The court order has been violated.

— Your ex doesn’t let the child stay in touch with you electronically. This could include limiting time on the telephone or the computer. If the court order says you get to communicate with the child this way — it’s a tactic that is often used to help parents stay in touch with children if they live too far away — then it’s being broken.

— Your ex won’t leave. Maybe he or she brings the child to your house, in accordance with the schedule, but then your ex won’t leave the two of you alone. Your ex just hangs around at the house, awkwardly trying to make small talk. You technically get to see your child, but you don’t feel like the two of you spent any meaningful time together.

Custodial interference can be illegal when it directly violates the court order. If your ex is infringing on your relationship with your child, please know that you do have legal options to put a stop to it.

Source: FIndLaw, “Custody Problems,” accessed Jan. 04, 2017

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