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Can a Child Refuse Visitation?

We force our children to do many things that they would often rather not do. From brushing their teeth, doing their homework, and taking regular baths to attending school and doing chores, your children partake in many things they would otherwise neglect if it were not for your guidance. So, when it comes to visitation, you should consider this one more thing you have to ensure your children do. You have a legal obligation to comply with your custody order, so it is important that you make your children reasonably available for visitation.

The Role You Play in Visitation

The parent-child relationship can suffer during a divorce and it is not uncommon for children to feel that one parent is particularly to blame for it. Whatever the reason may be for a child’s refusal to visit their parent, it is your responsibility to ensure it happens. That said, there are some circumstances in which you may be able to cancel or reschedule a visit. For example, if your child is very sick, it may be best to avoid making them travel. Even in this situation, however, you will need to communicate with your ex, instead of simply keeping the child home.

If you believe your child’s reason for not wanting to visit their parent is because the environment is somehow dangerous or unsafe, this is a matter to take to court. It does not necessarily mean your co-parent is harming the child, but perhaps there is another member of the household who is creating an environment that is making your child uncomfortable or afraid. No matter how you choose to handle this, it is crucial that you do not keep the child with you without communicating with your co-parent or without taking legal action. Non-compliance with the court order will land you in hot water.

Schedule a Case Review with Our Knowledgeable Family Lawyer Today!

If you believe your child is refusing to visit their other parent because the environment may be unsafe, do not hesitate to contact the experienced legal team at Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C. for the help you need. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and will work tirelessly on your behalf to achieve the outcome that best supports your child’s interests.

Reach out to our law office today at (281) 612-5443 to schedule a case review with our attorney to get started!