Do I have to force my child to visit his dad?
Some parents have asked me whether they have to “force” their child to visit. Having said that, if you have a family court order that provides for a visitation schedule, then the safest answer is “yes” you must make the child go.
What happens when a child doesn’t want to visit the other parent?
In cases where parents can’t agree, a judge will decide visitation and custody based on the child’s best interests. Both parents are bound by the terms of a custody order. If your child refuses to go to visits with the other parent, you could still be on the hook for failing to comply with a custody order.
What do you do when your child doesn’t want to see the dad?
Talk to your child about why they don’t want to go Try to get to the bottom of why your child doesn’t want to spend time or stay with your co-parent. Let your child express their feelings to you without judgment. When it’s your turn to respond, do so with kindness and understanding.
Why do parents lose custody?
The following will constitute abusive behavior that will cause a parent to lose custody, if a custody action is brought by the co-parent: Verbal abuse of child or of the co-parent in front of the child. Parental alienation of the co-parent. Physical or emotional abuse of the co-parent in front of child.