It can be an agonizing process for two Tennessee residents to work out the details of a child custody and visitation agreement. When they split up or divorce, parents must make decisions or have courts decide for them on matters related to where their children will live, how they will be supported, and who may make decisions about their welfare. Once their custody and visitation plans are set, the parents are bound to follow them or suffer the consequences of their actions.
Many of the issues that arise with regard to custodial authority are minor and may be settled through the reasonable discourse of the parents. However, in some situations a parent's actions or behaviors may be so egregious that the other cannot find relief from the interference of the other in their interactions with their children. When conflict arises to this level, parenting time interference may be at issue.
Parenting time interference happens when a parent directly or indirectly affects the relationship of their child and the child's other parent. It may involve overt actions such as the failure of a parent to drop their child off at their ex's home for custody, or may involve more discrete action such as cutting in on a phone call between the child and their other parent. Parenting time interference is detrimental to the parent-child dynamic and is often actionable in family court.
In order to seek relief from burdensome parenting time interference individuals should consider immediately contacting their trusted divorce and family law attorneys. This form of harassment may impact the relationship that a parent has with their child and may cause long-term problems for the family as they seek to resolve their conflicts.