Sharing parenting time with your ex-spouse is easier said than done, as this person may not be willing to follow the terms and conditions of your child custody and visitation agreement.
Parenting time interference is a common problem that can put a strain on you’re already damaged relationship with your ex. This comes into play when a parent disrupts the other parent’s time with their children.
Here are some common examples of direct interference:
- Showing up early for a child custody exchange
- Failure to return children as outlined by the visitation agreement
- Using missed child support payments as a means of preventing a parent from seeing their children
Indirect interference can be every bit as frustrating, which can include:
- Cutting off communication between the parent and children
- Preventing a parent from attending a child’s activity or an event, such as a sports game or recital
What can you do about it?
Although every situation is unique, there are some steps you can take if you feel that parenting time interference has turned into an issue:
- Ask your ex if there’s a problem, and if so, how they’d like to remedy it
- Ask for more parenting time to make up for past interference
- Request a formal change of your parenting agreement and visitation schedule
In many cases, issues regarding parenting time interference can be worked out by the parents. However, in extreme cases, you may need to review your parenting agreement with an eye toward your legal rights. It may be time to take formal action against your ex to get back on track.