What should you do if your ex is interfering with your parenting?

The difficulties and emotions that precede and accompany the divorce process do not go away simply because the process is final. Many Arizona parents find that they still deal with conflicts with their ex long after their divorce, and many times, it is over issues related to child custody and visitation.

In some cases, one parent may attempt to undermine the rights of the other parent. This can happen in many ways, yet any disruption to your rightful relationship with your child is unacceptable. You have the right to fight back against attempts at parental alienation and parenting time interference, working to protect the best interests of your child and your rights as a parent.

How do I know if it's happening to me?

You may be unsure if what you are experiencing is actually interference with your rightful and court-ordered parenting time or a simple dispute. There are two different types of parental interference, and they include the following:

  • Indirect interference: This happens when a parent works to undermine the child's relationship with the other parent. This occurs by disrupting phone calls, using the child to spy and report back information or speaking negatively about the other parent in front of the child.
  • Direct interference: This is a more blatant form of interference, happening when a parent refuses to drop the child off, ignores visitation times or takes the child without permission.

Children benefit when they can have strong relationships with both parents after divorce. If you think that your ex is working to ruin the good relationship you have with your child, not only is he or she causing stress and disruption, it could be in direct violation of a court order. These are serious issues, and you have the right to seek legal help to effectively address these concerns.

A beneficial custody and visitation order

Custody and visitation are some of the most contentious issues in a divorce. There can be hard feelings between two parents, but that does not give one the right to work against the other after the divorce is final. Strong emotions should not guide custody-related decisions and actions, but rather, the goal should always be the protection of the best interests of the kids.

You may find that it is necessary to seek the court's assistance in resolving your interference concerns and enforcing a beneficial custody arrangement. When there are important issues on the line, you have no time to lose in seeking the help you deserve.

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