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Denial of visitation rights

Parents in Texas and around the country generally love their children and value their time with them. Unfortunately, there are situations in which a divorce leaves a parent without access to his or her children. This may be because a family law court has decided to stop visitation or a custodial parent is refusing to allow the other parent access to the kids.

Family law courts seldom completely prevent parents from visiting their children. This is because judges understand that it is important for children and their parents to have a relationship. If a court does choose to end or restrict visitation, is it typically because the court believes that it is in the best interests of the children to have limited or no contact with that parent.

In cases where the court has restricted or ended visitation, the parent who is unable to visit with their child or children will typically be given conditions under which he or she may be able to restore access. These conditions often include things like completing a drug rehab program, taking parenting classes or complying with mental health treatment. Once the individual is able to show the court that he or she is in compliance with the court's directives, supervised or unsupervised visits may once again be possible.

If the custodial parent is refusing to permit visitation, that is another matter. If visitation interference goes against an agreed-upon parenting plan, it may be possible for the parent being denied visitation to take his or her case to court and request an intervention. Since this can be a costly option and may result in undesirable changes to an existing child custody agreement, it may be wise to seek advice from a family law attorney or pursue mediation as a way of resolving this area of conflict.

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