Some parents choose to pursue a court order for clarity regarding their respective rights regarding child custody and visitation. However, problems may arise after a court order has been established. It is important that parents understand their rights and remedies when problems arise.
If there is a court order in place that pertains to child custody and the custodial parent has refused to allow the non-custodial parent to see the children, the first place of recourse is the court order. The order may state specific information pertaining to the times when the parents are supposed to have the children. If the court order lacks such specification, parents may want to petition the court to modify the order. Alternatively, they can file a petition to enforce physical placement or a motion for contempt. If the custodial parent is found guilty of contempt, the court can impose fines and jail time and grant additional visitation time to the non-custodial parent.