Don’t Miss Out on Precious Moments with Your Child
Video Transcript: Does a non-custodial parent have to exercise their visitation time? Hi, my name is Jason Sorensen, I’m an attorney in Oklahoma here at Wirth Law Office, and today we’re going to be talking about whether parents are required to exercise their visitation time.
So, first off, with non-custodial parents, their visitation time is a right that they have, it’s not a duty. So it’s something that they can exercise if they want to, but it’s not something that they’re required to do. If they don’t do it, there’s not really a consequence to it other than missing out on time with their child.
However, that being said, a non-custodial parent choosing not to exercise their visitation rights could potentially be used as a factor later on if the other parent decided to do a modification to the court order. What about a custodial parent refusing to take the child back? So non-custodial parent is trying to return the child and the custodial parent is refusing to take the child. Or even if a custodial parent is refusing to take the child during their week in a week-on, week-off schedule. Well, the court is very unlikely to force a parent to take the child, even if it is their time.
However, just like with the other topic, it can be grounds for the court to modify the court order because the best interest of the child has changed if a parent is refusing to take the child back. So keep that in mind if you are denying visitation or denying your own visitation, because those can be used as factors in later court matters. But this is just general information.
If you have more specific questions about your case in particular, or you’d like help doing a modification to a court order, you can contact us at makelaweasy.com to speak with a child custody lawyer in Tulsa.