When it comes to making decisions about custody, courts make every effort to preserve the best interest of the child in question. This entails enabling visitation between children and the non-custodial parent. However, many parents in Stockton encounter situations where either party is reluctant to adhere to visitation schedules, for a whole host of reasons. Very Well Family explains the consequences of visitation refusals and what you can do about them.

It can be tough to force your child to keep visits with your ex when or she doesn’t want to. The first step is to get to the bottom of why your child is reluctant. From here, talk about why it’s important to have a healthy and loving relationship with both parents. While having this discussion, make sure your child understands that both parents love him or her very much, and the breakup won’t impact that love going forward. If your child still refuses, talk with your ex. You might be able to arrange a break until you can get the issue sorted out.

While it’s important for kids to spend time with both parents, extenuating circumstances might make it unsafe to do so. This is often true when you’re fearful about abuse or neglect, which would put your child in danger. In this case, you can discuss the issue with the court and request that the visitation order is modified. Your attorney can help you gather proof showing that the child would be unsafe by partaking in visits with your ex.

Your former spouse might be the one failing to keep up with visits. This can be devastating to a child, especially if he or she is constantly waiting for a parental visit that never seems to materialize. If it’s a matter of scheduling, ask for a revised visitation schedule and have your ex-partner provide input on a schedule that works best. You can also speak with your ex directly about why he or she is reluctant to visit.