What is parenting time interference?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2023 | Child Custody |

Life after divorce can come with various challenges, including issues concerning your parenting time arrangements. Ideally, you and your former spouse can collaborate and seamlessly adjust your schedules to accommodate parenting time requirements. Unfortunately, accomplishing this can be easier said than done. Sometimes, unexpected events happen, potentially causing disputes or interference.

When the other parent gets in the way of your parenting time with your child, it can become parenting time interference. These incidents often happen with the deliberate intention of infringing on the other’s parenting time. Usually, that is not the case. Most of the time, miscommunication or misunderstandings between you and your former spouse can appear as interference unintentionally.

This means you can address these forms of accidental interference by being more understanding and flexible. Everyone in the family is adjusting to your new family situation after the divorce. You and your spouse might be adjusting to the new setup, requiring significant effort to communicate and collaborate more efficiently.

Additionally, interference can take a toll on your child. If one party seems less involved than the other, it can harm parent-child relationships. Fortunately, you and your spouse can compensate by rescheduling or adding missed parenting time.

Addressing parenting time issues

If you and your spouse continue to experience issues regarding parenting time, you can undergo mediation to resolve them. Doing so can help you get to the root of the problem and try again for the sake of your child. If not, either party can file a report or complaint for the interference. It could be a criminal matter, possibly involving law enforcement. Taking this measure could seem too much, but it might be a necessary step to bring your case to family court and receive further assistance.