Simply because a divorce is over does not mean there are no longer issues and complications between two Florida parents. Sharing custody and parenting together is a difficult thing, even if all issues have been technically resolved in a custody and visitation plan. Sometimes, these complications can lead to one parent attempting to interfere in the rightful parenting time of the other.
If you believe that the other parent of your children is trying to alienate you, refusing to cooperate per the terms of your parenting plan or otherwise compromising your role as an active parent, you have rights. It is possible to fight back and seek a beneficial outcome to your concerns.
Interference with your parenting time
Some parents make the mistake of making verbal agreements or modifications without taking it through the proper channels. It is difficult, if not impossible, to enforce a verbal agreement. If you have a formal, court-approved custody plan, the other parent may try to interfere in the following ways:
- Indirect interference occurs when one parent disrupts the child's communication with his or her other parent, preventing the other parent from being present at certain events in the child's life and more.
- Direct interference occurs when the other parent physically prevents the kids from seeing the other parent. This could include intentionally missing drop-off times, picking up the kids without permission and more.
There are legal remedies to parental interference, and it is possible to seek ways to enforce an existing custody and visitation order.
What is parental alienation?
Parental alienation is different from parental interference. This condition develops when one parent, through conversations, hateful comments and other inappropriate means attempts to ruin the child's relationship with his or her other parent. This can lead to serious damage in your relationship with your child. If you suspect parent alienation, you have no time to lose in seeking help regarding the protection of your parental rights.
Your vital role as a parent
Children clearly benefit when they can maintain a strong relationship with both parents, even after divorce. You have the right to protect your role as an active and loving parent, especially when you feel that your rights are facing a specific threat.
This is an overwhelming and frustrating situation, but you do not have to deal with it alone. You may find it beneficial to seek an evaluation of your case in order to learn more about enforcement of custody orders and the protection of your parental rights.