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What to do when your ex-spouse refuses to follow custody orders

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2023 | blog, Child Custody and Visitation

According to a 2022 report by the US Census Bureau, among 10.9 million one-parent family groups, 38% of fathers and 29% of mothers were previously married and are now divorced. This statistic translates into a large number of homes with child custody orders in place.

When you get a divorce, a custody agreement is set up by the court to provide structure and stability for the well-being of your child. If your ex-spouse refuses to follow the order, it is important to know and understand the options available to you.

Try to communicate

Start by trying to communicate with your co-parent. Misunderstandings can sometimes lead to non-compliance with custody orders. Share your concerns and express the importance of following the agreed-upon arrangements for the sake of your child.

Consider mediation

If direct communication does not work, consider involving a mediator or family therapist. They can help facilitate productive conversations and guide both parties toward a resolution that respects the custody order.

Document everything

Keep a record of all interactions and incidents related to custody violations. This includes missed visitations, late drop-offs or any other instances of non-compliance. Having a documented history will be valuable if legal action becomes necessary.

Petition the court

When co-parenting conflicts persist, you may need to file a motion with the court to enforce the custody order. The court can issue penalties or order modifications, if necessary.

Stay child-centric

Throughout this process, always keep your child’s best interests at the forefront. Focus on providing a stable and supportive environment, even in the face of custody disputes.

These guidelines will help you find a solution to your custody dispute that is best for your child and your current situation.


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