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Has your co-parent violated your custody order? 

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2022 | Child Custody |

Your divorce was trying for everyone involved – but you got there in the end. The court settled on a custody order that they deemed to be in the best interests of the child, and it was signed off on. 

It’s rare for either party to get absolutely everything they want in a divorce, there’s usually some level of compromise involved. Your ex isn’t happy with the custody order at all, and this is starting to show in your post-divorce life. 

The terms of the custody order are not being honored by your co-parent. What are your options in such a scenario? 

The extent of the violation matters

The custody order sets out the dates and times that you and your co-parent are to spend with the child. Over the last few weeks, your ex has occasionally been 30 minutes late in dropping off the child. As long as this is not a regular habit, this would most likely be classed as an accidental and minor breach, and the courts are not likely to step in at this point. 

On the other hand, if your ex is taking extra days with the child, meaning that you miss out on your designated parenting time altogether, then this is a significant breach. In cases like this, the court can step in and demand that your co-parent stick to the custody arrangement. They might even impose penalties or place restrictions on custody until the matter is resolved. 

It’s perfectly feasible for you and your co-parent to have a workable relationship after divorce. However, this relies on effective communication. If you’re concerned that your current arrangement isn’t working for the child, then it will benefit you to seek some legal guidance