Is My Child Obligated To Participate In Parenting-Time Visitation?

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Is my child obligated to come with me on my weekends even though she doesn’t want to? 


I am not licensed to practice law in in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information concerning child custody and visitation.Utah divorce lawyer

In a situation where the child does not want to participate in parent-time visitation, the court will likely want to determine why that is the case. There are a number of reasons why children do not want to visit a parent.

The court will consider several factors such as, but not limited to: the child’s age, your ability to care for and provide for your daughter, the environment the child is in when she visits your home, and sometimes the reason why the child does not want to participate in parent time.

Many times, the court will structure a plan for resolving the concerns of the child. Sometimes, this will mean the child and parents spend time with a therapist or counselor to help determine why the child does not want to spend time with the other parent and see what can be done to fix the problem for the minor child.

The custodial parent should encourage the minor child to participate in parent time and do what they can to enforce the schedule that has been established.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than general parent-time tips, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your circumstances.

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4 comments on “Is My Child Obligated To Participate In Parenting-Time Visitation?

    forced to see father
    Not all parents deserve the title Father
    I have a 2 year old daughter that the father left as soon as I was pregnant, was never in the picture and I am with her 24-7 for 2 years plus pregnancy.
    when she gets upset she can also a lot of times also go into seizures.
    went to court and judge granted him Fridays to Sundays.
    Mind you in a place and people she has never seen before, a Convicted Drug abuser, Abused me while dating(we was never married) animal abuser, Arrested for Theft and Selling drugs. admitted to the judge that he has 2 guard dogs that are pitbulls .
    what average person has to have guard dogs?
    also Stacks of Letters sent to me saying he was going to Kill me and “bastard” Kid that he ws trapped with. even cut the brake line to our car and the judge said he did not care.
    Yes there are Great Fathers.. But not all deserve anything

    Father in the same circumstance
    I think it depends on the age and maturity of your daughter. My daughter is 14 and she always finds reasons to spend time with her mother on my time instead of me. Some of it is natural and some of it I believe is caused by parental alienation from her mother. What I have found though by forcing her to do something that in her heart she does not want to do may backfire on you and make her even more alienated from you. I have chosen to let her know I love her deeply. I will always want to spend time with her and just let her go. When she matures and sees that you have stood by her even though initially she may have rejected you (painful), she will come to respect you and love you even more. Just let her know daily whether she is with you or not, that you love her. I hope this helps.

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and alienated grand-parent.
    Yes, a child should be obliged to see each parent, the same as they are obliged to obey them, whether they understand it or not. And whether the parent has the “best environment” as determined by a third party, should not be a factor either. Love is what is important, and we know it is not in the child’s best interest not to have contact with both parents. Children can be told to report reasons why they don’t want to visit. They should not be involved with this. Yes, each parent should encourage contact with the other parent, and if they do not, it should be a red flag. Children are to honor their mother AND their father. end of story. The decision has been made by a higher power.

    Time Sharing and the Parenting Plan
    Be aware of parental alienation from the custodial parent aimed through the children. It’s very sick and twisted…


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