What happens if a child doesnt go for her dads visitation time? 3 Answers as of August 08, 2011

If a child doesn't want to go to her dads house for his visitation time anymore what will happen if she doesn't go?

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Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
Generally, the parent with the child needs to make sure that the child goes on the visits to the other parent. Further, a parent can be punished for not making an adequate effort to insure that this happens. What this means is that if you are the primary residential parent, and if you make an inadequate effort to insure that the child goes on the ordered visits, the court can fine you, find you in contempt, and even change the parenting plan. So, regardless of whether the child wants to go on a visit, they need to go. The only obvious exception to this is if the child is being abused by the other parent. If that is the case, however, you need to take immediate action. This would include calling CPS and getting them involved, and making a motion asking the court to suspend visits until the investigation is complete.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/8/2011
Glenn E. Tanner
Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
The Father will probably be upset. You have a duty to reasonably overcome the child's resistance. It is not sufficient to just say the child "doesn't want to come." Why doesn't the child want to go? Is there a need to protect her or modify the plan?
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/8/2011
Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
Each parent has an obligation to follow the parenting plan in good faith. If the Court finds a parent did not follow the plan in good faith, he/she may be found in contempt.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/8/2011
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