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What happens when visitation is refused?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2022 | Child Custody And Visitation |

After Tennessee parents have split up, it’s common to deal with issues like child custody and visitation. While unusual, visitation might be refused.

What does it mean to refuse visitation?

In many cases, one parent is granted custody while the other is given visitation rights. Often, the court aims to grant custody to both parents, but certain circumstances can prevent that from happening.

Sometimes, however, visitation might be refused. If the parent has a history of putting the child in danger or has abused them in the past, the court might deny visitation rights.

What are other examples of visitation refusal?

There are other ways that visitation could be refused. The noncustodial parent could refuse by not showing up. This is a painful situation for children that could have long-lasting negative effects. However, in some cases, it could be due to a problem with the visitation schedule. It’s possible to fix the issue by requesting a modification. Usually, this is easily done by discussing things with the custodial parent.

Sometimes, the child might refuse visitation with the parent. This can happen for a number of reasons. The child might fear for their safety. They might be angry with that parent and feel resentful of them for their own personal reasons. Or the child might believe that the noncustodial parent doesn’t love them.

It’s important for the custodial parent to step in when any of these situations are present. Talking with the child and the other parent separately might be necessary. The child might need reassurance that both parents equally love them. The other parent might need to talk with the child and reassure them. Whatever the case, if the child isn’t in imminent danger, the situation could be resolved.

Visitation might need to be readjusted depending on the situation. If it’s appropriate for the parent to continue having it, appealing to the court could help.

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