Parenting time is the legal term that refers to the actual time spent with
a parent. It is sometimes referred to as access, contact, residential
time or visitation. Most
legal decision-making (formerly known as custody) and parenting time problems present themselves
during the dissolution of marriage or divorce of a couple, but legal decision-making
issues can arise at any time or between parents who were never married.
It’s also important to note that legal decision-making and parenting
time concerns and issues do not necessarily go away once the divorce is
final. Parents will often have disagreements regarding the child’s
health, welfare and education, residency, and the amount of time each
parent gets to spend with the child. In these situations, parents who
feel the orders are being violated often wonder what the Court can do
to enforce the parenting time agreement or order.
What can the Court do when a
parenting time order is violated? When there’s a violation of a parenting time order,
the parent should file a request for help with enforcement. Arizona state
law requires the Court to take action when violations occur. The Court
has access to a number of options when dealing with a violating parent.
Some of these options include:
- The Court may order additional parenting time to make up for missed time
in the past due to violations of the order.
- The Court may order the violating parent to attend education classes that
address the issue at hand.
- The Court may order the violating parent attend counseling.
If you are attempting to follow a parenting time plan put in place by
the state of Arizona and are having difficulty with your child’s
contact Arizona Family Law Attorneys for expert guidance in all things related to Arizona family law.
- The Court may find the violating parent in contempt of Court (which results
in accompanying fines).