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.
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.