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.
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.
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.
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.