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Child custody orders must be followed in most cases

Parents who are dealing with child custody issues know that it is often difficult to force a child to go spend time with the other parent when the child doesn’t want to go. This unwillingness can be because of a host of reasons, but one thing is certain — the parent who isn’t getting their visitation or custody time might turn to the court with allegations that the child custody order isn’t being followed.

There are times when it can be difficult or close to impossible to make a child go with a parent he or she doesn’t want to spend time with. When this occurs, the parent has to decide if he or she will force the child to go with the other parent or if he or she will face the consequences of opting to not force the child.

Parents who don’t force the issue could potentially be seen as interfering with child custody, which could lead to legal issues. Sometimes, courts will consider the wishes of the child before deciding if the parent is going to have to deal with penalties.

Typically, parents are expected to force younger children to spend time with their other parent. Older children, usually 16 years old or older, might be able to have the option of skipping visits with a parent they don’t want to see.

If you are having issues getting your child to go see his or her other parent willingly, you should find out the reason and learn about what options you have. Once you have that information, you can decide what you are going to do and how you will handle the situation.

Source: FindLaw, “Can You Force Kids to Obey a Custody Order?,” Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed Nov. 24, 2016

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