If you recently brought your marriage to an end and you have kids, you likely have a number of challenges to work through. Whether you have to pay child support or you worry about your child’s emotional well-being, life after divorce is sometimes especially difficult when kids become involved.
Unfortunately, some parents find themselves in a very tough position when their ex violates the custody order.
Enforcing a custody order
If your child’s other parent is preventing you from spending time with your child in violation of the custody order, you have options. According to the North Carolina Judicial Branch, parents in this position can file a court order to secure their custody rights and if a judge finds that the other parent is in contempt of court, that parent could face a number of repercussions.
Parents found in contempt of court could have to pay fines and legal costs. In some cases, they even have to spend time behind bars.
Child support and custody rights
It is important to note that failure to pay child support does not necessarily interfere with the obligor’s custody rights. Courts focus on securing outcomes that serve a child’s best interests, regardless of whether the non-custodial parent pays their support on time. However, if a parent refuses to pay child support, this could influence a court decision with respect to determining what is in a child’s best interests.
If you are struggling with custody order violations, you need to remain calm and level-headed. Make sure you understand your legal rights as well as options on the table to enforce the custody order.