It can be very hard for a parent to not have custody of their child following a divorce. It is understandable that no longer having a child who used to be an everyday part of their life living with them on a regular basis could leave a noncustodial parent feeling a little down.
However, it is important for such parents to not despair and not lose hope that they will be able to have a meaningful relationship with their children. In most cases, a noncustodial parent is given certain visitation rights in relation to their kids. The visitation time granted through such rights can give a noncustodial parent valuable opportunities to spend time with their kids and continue to remain a major part of their lives.
What a noncustodial parent’s specific visitation rights are varies significantly from case to case. The specifics of these rights are typically set through either a court decision or a settlement agreement.
The ideal situation for a noncustodial parent following the setting of such rights is that the custodial parent will fully respect these rights and give the noncustodial parent the access to the kids that they are entitled to under the rights. Unfortunately, noncustodial parents sometimes experience something very different from this ideal. Situations sometime arise in which a custodial parent will try to keep the kids away from the noncustodial parent, in violation of the noncustodial parent’s visitation rights.
In such a discouraging situation, a noncustodial parent’s highest priority is often to have their visitation rights protected and enforced. They may have several different legal options for pursuing these goals.
Our firm understands how precious visitation rights are to noncustodial parents and how big of a stomach punch it can be for such parents when their visitation rights are violated. We can help noncustodial parents whose set visitation rights are not being respected go over the available legal options and develop a strategy aimed at ensuring the enforcement and protection of their rights.