custody disputes and leave the enforcement to the court. Based on the severity of the situation, the judge has the discretion to impose the fines and jail time to enforce your court order against the other party. The judge can also order make-up time for the party who missed out on visitation time.
In filing an enforcement action, it is important to be specific in the pleadings as to how the other party has violated the order. Therefore, it is important to first make sure that you know what is in your order and that you are following it to the best of your ability. If your order says that you have the right to pick up your children on Thursdays at 6:00 pm at the other parent’s house, then you need to be at that right place on the right day and time, because that is the circumstance where the other parent cannot legally deny you visitation.
Do everything you can to try to follow the court orders, then keep a journal noting every date and time that the other party violated the court order and what happened. That way, you can be ready to bring an enforcement action in court. If you need help bringing an enforcement action in court, or understanding your rights imposed in your order, give us a call!