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Handling issues related to child custody and visitation rights

In Houston, when a couple has ended a marriage and is dealing with children, there will be extensive concerns as to how to make the process as smooth as possible. Part of that is addressing the child having visitation with the non-custodial parent. When the court orders visitation, factors can spark worry for the custodial parent. Understanding how to confront them effectively is key.

There are situations in which the custodial parent can limit or revoke visitation from the non-custodial parent. Simply having an adversarial relationship is not sufficient. However, if a parent believes there is an imminent danger to the child, this can be sufficient cause to refuse visitation.

If the court has ordered visitation, the custodial parent could face contempt charges for refusing to allow it. A custodial parent must weigh the possibility of being charged with contempt compared to the threat the child might face if visitation is allowed. The safety and best interests of the child are paramount above all else. If the parent is simply concerned about the relatively innocuous like how much sleep the child gets during visitation, this is not a good enough reason.

Once a parent refuses to allow visitation, the relationship with the other parent will be critical. If the parents are on amicable terms, discussing it can help to come to a solution. It could be something relatively minor like safety while driving. For parents who are on bad terms or there are legitimate fears about harm coming to the custodial parent or child, it is wise to go to court and see if there can be a modification or supervised visitation. Regardless of the circumstances, it might be beneficial to discuss the case with a legal professional experienced in family law and complex child custody disputes.

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