What To Do When Your Parental Rights Are Being Undermined
It goes without saying, but custody battles are rarely civil affairs. These disputes can take months or longer to settle, but once the court has handed down a decision, both parents are legally obligated to adhere to the arrangements. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world and many parents continue having issues with their ex-spouse even after all divorce and custody proceedings were long concluded.
Interference: Indirect and Direct
Once a divorce is final, both parents need to ensure that they stick to all agreed upon terms and conditions. When parents refuse to follow orders, usually obstructing the parental rights of the other party in the process, they are engaging in parent interference. These actions can be classified into two categories: indirect and direct parental interference.
- Indirect parental interference involves actions which could possibly impact the child’s relationship with the other party, and can include undermining decisions, attempts to influence communication, making unfavorable or disparaging statements about the other parent, etc.
- Direct parental interference is more overt, and it includes actions such as physically preventing a child from seeing his/her other parent, moving along with the child without proper court approval, and leaving out of state without notifying the proper channels.
Fighting Back Against Interference
Having to deal with an uncooperative ex-spouse who is placing your relationship with your child at jeopardy is frustrating. Fortunately, a skilled family law attorney can use their expertise to help you fight back. A lawyer helps you by ensuring that all custody agreements are enforced, pushing towards modifications that protect your interests, and helping you get a complete re-evaluation of your case.
When facing parental interference, or any other type of issue involving divorce or family law in California, seek out the assistance of a reputable family law attorney. Call us at Rubin & Levavi P.C. to schedule a free initial consultation, where you can learn more about how we can help.