Most divorcing couples in Florida come up with a plan to share custody of their children, but not all do. In some cases, one parent may be denied visitation. Sometimes, this is done formally by the court. At other times, the spouse who has custody may informally deny custody by making it impossible for the other parent to pick the children up.
Reasons visitation can be denied
When the court denies visitation, it is usually because of a concern about safety for the people involved. For example, if the parent has an addiction issue, the court may require them to pursue treatment in order to gain visitation rights. Other requirements that the court might impose regarding child custody include anger management classes or parenting courses. If you are faced with these stipulations, it’s important to find a way to meet them.
Informal denial of visitation can be based on fears about safety, too. If you are fearful of your ex-spouse, it’s important to go through proper channels to voice that concern. Contact the lawyer who represented you in your divorce. They may be able to provide you with good advice about how to proceed.
Seeking visitation rights
If your ex is denying you the right to visit your kids, organize your thoughts in writing. Consider calling the police to witness the event. They can take notes, too.
Be willing to work with the court and your ex as you pursue your goal of achieving visitation rights. You aren’t the first person to be in this position, and you won’t be the last. Chances are that the attorney involved in your case has seen something similar before and is in a good position to help you understand your options.