Many relationships end with acrimony, but hostilities seem to be the highest when there are minor children involved.
It’s not uncommon for the strife between parents to become so great that it leads the primary custodial parent to prevent the other from gaining access to their children. Doing that, however, could put your own custody rights in danger.
What constitutes custodial interference?
When a parent prevents the other parent from seeing or communicating with their children, that is known as custody and visitation interference. It’s a practice that goes against the law. It can include things like refusing to allow scheduled visitations or phone calls with the kids or any other action that violates the other parent’s rights under the custody agreement or parenting plan.
Custodial parents who engage in this kind of behavior often do so in hopes that they can leverage higher support payments or more time with their kids. Not only is this practice illegal, but it can also lead to the court restricting the offending parent’s custodial rights — and that can even include transferring primary custody of the children to the other parent.
Parents who want to spend more time with their child or who wish to demand increased support should bring such matters to the court’s attention by requesting a post-judgment modification in their case instead of taking decisions into their own hands and potentially losing custody.
You may find that discussing your parenting concerns with a family law attorney before conflicts get out of hand may minimize the potential of conflicts spiraling out of control. You may want to consider this option so that a judge doesn’t feel the need to step in and render a decision in your case for you.