Addressing denied visitation as a non-custodial parent

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Family Law

As a non-custodial parent, ensuring that you have regular visitation with your child is very important. However, there are times when custodial parents may try to restrict or interfere with your access.

If you are dealing with denied visitation, it is important to understand your rights.

Respecting the visitation agreement

First, it is essential to recognize that visitation rights are legally binding agreements that must be respected by both parents. If the custodial parent is denying you your visitation rights, remain calm and communicate with them in a respectful manner. Express your desire to spend time with your child and try to work out a solution amicably. If the custodial parent continues to deny you visitation or makes it difficult for you to see your child, it may be necessary to take steps to enforce the court order.

Remember that you are not the only parent in this position. The Georgia Department of Human Services published data on the Access and Visitation program, which serves non-custodial parents in this position across the state. The program, which helps with visitation enforcement and provides other services, benefited the parents of more than 1,300 children during federal fiscal year 2023.

Taking a stand

Documenting all communication and interactions with the custodial parent is key. Keep a record of any denials or restrictions of visitation, as well as any attempts you have made to resolve the issue peacefully. This documentation can be valuable evidence if the matter needs to be resolved in court. It is important to focus on the best interests of your child throughout this process. While it can be frustrating and challenging to navigate visitation disputes, remember that your child’s well-being and happiness should always come first.

By standing up for your visitation rights, you are not only advocating for yourself but also for the relationship between you and your child.