loader image
Close this search box.

How To Address Violations of Court Orders in Co-Parenting

Child Custody Modification Lawyer

Managing Violations of Court Orders in Co-Parenting

In the realm of co-parenting, adhering to court orders is crucial to maintaining a stable and respectful environment for the children involved. However, when one parent repeatedly violates these orders, it can create significant tension and frustration.

Case Study:

  • A mother explains that her ex-husband took the kids out of town overnight without informing her, which violates their court order.
  • The court order requires each parent to inform the other if taking the kids out of town overnight.
  • The ex-husband frequently ignores this rule, and the mother feels frustrated because he would react strongly if she did the same.
  • Modern Law owner Billie Tarascio recommends addressing the issue directly with the ex-husband and suggesting they mutually agree to waive this provision if it’s no longer needed.

The Question and the Issue

The video above begins with a question from a mother who is dealing with a recurring problem. Her ex-husband took their kids out of town overnight without informing her, which goes against their court order. The order requires both parents to notify each other if they plan to take the children out of town overnight. The mother notes that her ex-husband frequently ignores this rule, and while she isn’t overly concerned about the trips themselves, she is frustrated by the double standard. If she were to do the same, she believes her ex-husband would react very negatively.

Modern Law’s recommendation

The mother should address the issue directly with her ex-husband in a constructive manner. It may be helpful to write a letter to the ex-husband acknowledging that the requirement to notify each other of overnight trips might no longer be necessary. She advises proposing that they mutually agree to waive this provision if they both feel it is outdated or irrelevant.

This approach not only addresses the immediate issue but also fosters a cooperative and flexible co-parenting relationship. By suggesting a mutual agreement to waive the provision, the mother demonstrates a willingness to work together and adapt to changing circumstances. This can help reduce conflict and create a more harmonious co-parenting dynamic.

The Importance of Communication and Flexibility

Situations like these highlight the importance of communication and flexibility in co-parenting even if it’s driven by frustration. Court orders are put in place to ensure the well-being of the children and to provide a clear framework for the parents. However, as circumstances change, it’s essential for parents to communicate and reassess these orders to ensure they continue to serve the best interests of the children.

When addressing violations of court orders, it’s important to approach the situation calmly and constructively. Accusations and confrontations can escalate the conflict and make it more difficult to reach a resolution. Plus, by approaching the issue calmly, it’s more likely the parties can solve the issue without costly legal assistance. Instead, proposing a solution that acknowledges both parties’ perspectives can lead to a more amicable and effective co-parenting relationship.

If you have a question that you’d like answered by others experiencing similar divorce and family issues, drop by the Modern Divorce Support Group. As co-parents work through the challenges of shared parenting, resources like these become essential in fostering a cooperative and respectful environment.

For more advice and support on managing co-parenting issues, check out our library of articles on this and many other subjects.

Recent Posts
Follow Us