Navigating Child Custody Order Disputes: Understanding Your Options
Resolving Custody Conflicts Amicably
When co-parents face disagreements over child custody orders, the best scenario involves resolving these conflicts through civil discussion. However, not all situations unfold this way. At times, one or both parents might not adhere to the custody order’s stipulations. This breach necessitates understanding the available avenues to enforce the order’s provisions.
Contempt of Court: A Legal Recourse for Non-Compliance
In cases where dialogue fails, one parent may need to take legal action. This involves filing a motion for contempt against the non-compliant parent. Demonstrating intentional disobedience is crucial here. A judge, upon finding contempt, has several enforcement options. These include imposing fines, awarding attorney’s fees, reimbursing costs for enforcement, or other remedies serving the child’s best interests.
Seeking Compensatory Parenting Time
Another approach for the non-offending parent is to request compensatory parenting time. This step becomes relevant when the other parent unlawfully retains the child beyond scheduled time. Repeated and extreme violations can lead the court to consider altering custody arrangements or significantly reducing the offending parent’s time with the child.
Criminal Charges in Severe Cases
In the most severe scenarios, custody order enforcement may involve criminal charges. Under Minnesota Statute §609.26, intentional interference with child custody can result in felony charges. Qualifying behaviors include concealing a child, violating custody orders to deprive parenting time, or retaining a child in Minnesota unlawfully from another state.
Expert Legal Assistance for Custody Order Enforcement
If you’re grappling with custody order enforcement, it’s essential to have a knowledgeable legal team by your side. Our expertise in family law can guide you through your rights and responsibilities regarding custody orders. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Contact us at (320) 299-4249 to discuss your situation and explore your options.