Following a divorce, custody issues are among the most contentious. If the splitting couple cannot agree on child custody and visitation, the court will step in and issue custody orders. Such orders are put in place to protect the best interests of children.
When a spouse violates these court-ordered agreements, it can have damaging consequences for both the child and the parent in violation. Therefore, if your spouse is not following child custody orders, you need to remedy the situation.
How to go about it
Dialogue should be your first option. Try talking to the other parent about their shortcomings or resolve things through a mediator. If the situation does not change, or you and your child are undergoing any form of abuse by the other parent, you may consider the second option — court intervention.
Since the court granted the custody orders, it is unlawful to go against them. If your spouse goes against court-issued custody orders, they could be held in contempt of court. The penalties may include fines, jail time as well as payment of court fees. You may also request to have the custody orders modified if you think it will arrest the situation.
Ensure you document custody violations
It is essential to document every instance of a violation by your ex-spouse. For example, you may want to keep a log of the times your spouse drops the kids late or copies of text messages or emails that talk about custody violations. Such evidence can be helpful when it comes to proving that the other parent violated custody orders.
Your child’s welfare may be at stake when your co-parent constantly flouts the custody agreements. As such, it is necessary to take corrective action if it’s the case and protect your parental rights.