Divorce can be hard on children and parents alike. Your divorce decree will contain a custody plan and visitation schedule. Depending on the processes you used in your divorce, you and your ex may have agreed on these terms yourselves, or had them laid out by the court.
If a child refuses to comply with the custody or visitation schedule, it can be difficult for you as a parent to force them to do so, but legally they do not have any choice; courts determine it to be in the child’s best interest to have a relationship with both parents.
There are a variety of reason why children might not wish to visit another parent. Perhaps they live far away from their friends and school. It could be that the other parent enforces different rules, or that they have frequent disagreements and arguments. In some cases, children will refuse to see the other parent if they have a new partner. If the reason your child does not wish to visit is not related to their own safety or wellbeing, the child still must attend visitations.
How to handle the situation
Here are some tips to help you handle the situation if you have an uncooperative child:
For more tips about how to handle visitation disputes, contact an experienced Minnesota divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
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