If you are approaching divorce as a parent, you likely need to think about multiple issues related to child custody. Moreover, these legal concerns can arise for parents who ended their marriage years ago. Whether you expect to have sole custody of your child or you expect to share parenting time with your ex, it is vital to make sure that you carefully follow the terms of your custody order.
At the same time, you should also stand up for your rights if you have had to deal with custody violations, such as your child’s other parent refusing to let you spend time with your child.
Custody enforcement and contempt of court charges
According to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, those who willingly violate a child custody order could find themselves held in contempt of court. Parents facing contempt charges could have a number of penalties, such as a $500 fine, six months of probation and a sentence of up to six months behind bars. Moreover, contempt charges can result in counsel fees and the loss of driving privileges.
Identifying and addressing custody violations
When it comes to child custody issues, emotions often run high. Sometimes, parents have a lot of anger, anxiety or depression. It is important to stay focused and safeguard your rights as well as your child’s best interests.
If you are facing false allegations of custody violations, or your child’s other parent is not respecting the custody order, make sure you gather evidence and carefully look into steps you can take to secure a favorable end result.