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Addressing parenting time interference

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2023 | Family Law

Legal issues involving your children could become one of the most difficult aspects of ending your marriage, and you could face challenges years after getting a divorce. In addition to child support, you could run into serious problems with respect to child custody or visitation. For example, your child’s other parent could prevent you from spending time with your child in accordance with a court order.

Known as parenting time interference, it is pivotal to address violations of your rights as a parent swiftly.

Examples of parenting time interference

The Illinois General Assembly defines parenting time interference as detaining or concealing a child in order to prevent another party from exercising rights with respect to parenting time or visitation as outlined in a court order. For example, your child’s other parent could refuse to let you spend time with your child on certain occasions or indefinitely, going against a court order.

It is important to note that as a defense, some parents deny visitation or custody time to protect a child from harm, which highlights the importance of gathering evidence.

The consequences of parenting time interference

Parents who do not respect child custody orders could face various penalties. Depending on the details of the case, parenting time interference could constitute a petty offense or result in misdemeanor charges. Failing to appear in court could result in an arrest warrant.

These violations can also negatively affect your relationship with your child. If you are struggling with the ability to spend time with your child due to parenting time interference, hold the other parent answerable.