After divorce, New Hampshire parents will want to work to protect their relationship with their children. If you are divorced, you may have concerns about how the end of your marriage will affect your children long-term. One of the most important things you can do for your children is to allow them to maintain a strong relationship with both parents.
You understand it is in the interests of the kids if they can have time with both parents, but the other parent may not see it that way. Lingering hard feelings and disagreements can lead to difficulties between two people who have to share custody. Eventually, this can lead to something called parenting time interference. This is any effort from one parent to interfere with the parental rights of the other.
What is direct interference?
Direct interference includes blatant efforts by one parent to damage the relationship the children have with the other parent. Direct interference includes things like refusing to return the child after weekend visitation, refusing to drop off the children for visitation and much more.
This type of interference may also include moving with the child far away without permission from the court or the other parent. If the other parent is refusing to cooperate with the custody and visitation schedule and you are not getting rightful access to your kids, you are likely experiencing direct parenting time interference.
What is indirect interference?
There are indirect ways the other parent may interfere with your parenting rights. This includes subtle things like talking badly about you in front of your kids, refusing to allow you to talk with your kids or even asking your kids to report back about your personal life. All of these things are inappropriate, and they can damage the perception your kids have of you
The best future for your family
You want what is best for your kids. It's important to protect the relationship you have with them, especially if the other parent is interfering. If you suspect that you are experiencing parenting time interference, you have the right to fight back. You do not have to suffer in silence or hope that it gets better – you can take action.
Starting with a complete evaluation of your case, you can learn about how you can fight back against parenting time interference and protect your role as an active and loving parent. If you are able to prove interference, a court may order make-up parenting time, counseling and other remedies.