When Tennessee courts decide matters related to the custody and welfare of children they make furthering the best interests of the children at issue a top priority. As all children have their own unique needs, it is impossible to explain in a brief post how a child custody and visitation dispute can be resolved when one or both of the parents elect not to follow their agreement or order. However, the general information contained in this post may apply to a variety of custody and visitation challenges, all of which should be discussed with readers' family law attorneys.
A parent who ignores or interferes with the visitation rights of a noncustodial parent may face sanctions for their actions. For example, they may face fines or costs related to the noncustodial parent having to file for a hearing on the matter. They may even find that their actions will backfire because in some cases of interference a custodial parent may temporarily lose custody of their child.
Direct interference, such as failing to make a child available for visitation on a set schedule, is not the only way a parent can meddle with another parent's rights. In some cases, a noncustodial parent may find that the custodial parent has indirectly impacted their relationship with their shared child. A custodial parent who puts down their child's other parent or attempts to turn the child against their other parent, for example, may be causing alienation between the child and their noncustodial parent.
No parent wants to lose touch with their child when they lose physical custody rights. It is therefore imperative for a parent to stay on top of possible parental interference issues to protect themselves from losing important time with their kids. Family law attorneys may be consulted by those readers who need more information about the important topics of custody and visitation, especially because it may lead to and justify child custody modification