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Is the other parent harming your relationship with your child?

Divorce is a complex process, and sometimes, parents find it difficult to get along, even when the process is final. Hard feelings can carry over long after a court decides the terms of custody or visitation order, and it is possible this can affect your relationship with your child. If you believe the other parent is intentionally working to harm your relationship with your kid and affect your parenting plan, you can fight back.

Parenting time interference happens when one parent disrupts and negatively impacts the other parent’s rightful visitation and custody time. This is a frustrating situation, and you may feel helpless, overwhelmed and unsure of how to fight back. People who are experiencing post-divorce custody issues find it beneficial to seek legal guidance in order to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Are you a victim? 

Every situation is different, and you may not be certain that what you are experiencing qualifies as parenting time interference. There are two different types of interference, and it may be helpful to learn how to recognize the signs and learn how to fight back and protect your parental rights. The two types include: 

  • Indirect interference — Indirect interference happens when a parent works to subtly subvert the rights and interests of the other parent. This can happen by cutting off communication with the other parent, not telling the other parent about school activities and more.
  • Direct interference — Direct interference takes place when there are blatant attempts to disrupt the custody or visitation schedule. This can happen when the other parent refuses to return the child, taking the kids without permission and more.

If you are experiencing any of the following, there are certain remedies that may be available to you. You can ask a court to compel cooperation from the other parent, mandate counseling and even compensate you for your legal fees. 

Fight back the right way

If you need to fight back, you do not have to fight alone. There is significant benefit in working with an experienced Alabama family law attorney who can explain what options for recourse are available to you under the law.

Interference with your rightful parenting time, visitation and custody rights is unacceptable. You do not have to hope things get better or feel alone in your frustration — there are steps you can take to preserve your role in the life of your child and protect that relationship.