Parting with your children can be difficult to do, even if you know that they will be safe in the care of their other parent. If you are a parent who has recently divorced or separated from the other parent of your child, it is likely that it will take some time for you to get used to the new child custody arrangements.
If your child custody arrangement has been ordered by the courts, you may be uncomfortable with the way it is set up for one reason or another. If you are extremely uncomfortable with this, you may consider refusing visitation. It is important to understand when it is acceptable to refuse visitation and what the consequences can be.
What are the common reasons for refusing visitation?
There are many reasons why a parent might decide to refuse the other parent visitation. Common reasons include not being comfortable with the parent's new partner, believing that the parent will mistreat them in some way or assuming that the child will simply be placed in day care instead of getting quality time.
When is it valid to refuse visitation?
It is only acceptable to refuse another custodian visitation if you believe that your child will be in danger. For example, if you believe that your child will be abused or put at risk, you have the right to refuse visitation.
What are the consequences of refusing visitation without a valid reason?
If you refuse to allow your children to visit the other parent without a valid reason, you will face the consequences of being in contempt of court. This is why it is important to think carefully before refusing visitation.