You Can Enforce Your Right to Meaningful Time With Your Son or Daughter

Non-custodial parents throughout Georgia may find themselves having something in common with NBA player Chris Bosh: a non-cooperative custodial parent interfering with visitation schedules.

Bosh is the father of a 3-year-old little girl and, by court order, he has the right to spend 12 days a month with his daughter. But, her mother has not allowed him to do so. According to court papers, Bosh has only been allowed to see his daughter a total of 22 hours in February.

The basketball player has gone to the court to ask for its help in enforcing his visitation time with his daughter. And you can as well if the custodial parent is keeping you from meaningful time with your child and refusing to follow a child custody and visitation schedule as ordered by a Georgia court.

It is important to document any violations of an order for visitation as they occur. An easy way to do so is to note on a calendar when you were supposed to have time with your children and whether or not the custodial parent allowed you to do so. If visitation is missed, but later made up, that should be noted as well.

Establishing a pattern of visitation violations can be helpful if you choose to pursue an enforcement action or attempt to modify a visitation schedule.

Your Georgia family lawyer can help you file a motion for contempt in order to compel the other parent to comply with a visitation schedule. A finding of contempt by the court means that the other parent willfully refused to allow you to see your child as previously agreed, not simply that he or she does not have the ability to do so.

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