Can my ex deny me visitation because of my new girlfriend?

Question:

I have recently started dating a girl that is much younger than me. My ex-wife is not allowing me to see my son since she claims I am providing an unhealthy environment by dating someone so young. Would a judge revoke my visitation simply because of the age of the person I choose to date? Is there a legally acceptable age?

 

Answer:

First let me preface my answer by stating that I am not licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia, although Cordell & Cordell does have attorneys who are licensed to practice in your state and will be happy to discuss your case with you. You should contact an attorney in your jurisdiction immediately to discuss your options.

Almost every state determines custody and visitation issues based on the best interests of the child. If you are supposed to have visitation with your son and your ex-wife is denying you that right, then you should discuss that with an attorney because she may be willfully disobeying the court’s order and the court may need to be made aware of her actions.

Too many times, men are punished by an ex-spouse for moving on with thier lives and finding someone new to experience life with. If your current situation does not endanger the health and well-being of your son, then there should be no legal reason to keep your son away from you.

Jason Bowman is an attorney in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Cordell & Cordell. He is licensed in the states of Kentucky and Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Louisville, and received his Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University.

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