Three Behaviors that Could Place Your Parenting Time at Risk
Most people know that certain behaviors, such as a substance abuse or gambling problem, could place their parenting time at risk after divorce. However, there are other behaviors that may seem quite minor, or that simply become bad habits over time, that could also put the amount of time a parent spends with a child at risk, too. If you have gotten a divorce that involved children, spending time with them is likely one of the most important things in your life. Below are three behaviors you should avoid to protect the time you currently have, and to avoid a dispute in the future.
Being Late for Drop-Offs and Pick-Ups
The terms of a Parenting Plan Agreement are legally binding, and it is important that you follow them. While no one can avoid being late once in a while, you should not make it a habit. People are sometimes tempted to purposely show up late for a timesharing exchange just to annoy their former spouse. However, the consequences of doing so are not worth it. The Court could view it as a violation of the Parenting Plan, and that comes with harsh penalties, such as being held in contempt of court.
Ignoring Texts and Calls
You may not want to speak to your former spouse but if they are trying to contact you for an important reason and you regularly ignore them, it could hurt your parenting time in the end. Refusing to allow your children to speak to or contact your former spouse may be seen by the courts as parental alienation, which is considered very harmful for children. If it turns in to a consistent habit, a Court could modify your timesharing to give you less time with your children.
Linking Parenting Time to Child Support
Sometimes, parents stop paying child support if they feel as though they are being denied timesharing by their former spouse. Or, a parent that is not receiving child support as they should may withhold timesharing. It is critical that you do not modify an existing child support order until you have petitioned the Court and a Judge has approved it. Doing so is a violation of a Court Order, which comes with serious consequences, including losing parenting time.
Our Family Lawyers in Orlando Can Help with Parenting Time Issues
Parenting time issues are some of the most contentious in any Florida divorce that involves children. At O’Mara Law Group, our Orlando family lawyers have the necessary experience to help you navigate these issues and give you the best chance of a successful outcome. If you are going through a divorce or need to modify an existing order, call us today at 407-634-6604 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and to learn more about how we can help.