What are Some Common Parenting Time Issues in New York?

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It is inevitable that issues may arise between two parents that are sharing custody of their child. Keep reading to learn more about the two most common parenting time issues. Our experienced New York family law attorneys are here to help you.

What are the two most common parenting time issues for parents who are sharing custody?

There are many different ways issues can arise regarding parenting time. The two most common ways are as follows:

1. If one parent denies the other parent access to the child.

This problem is one of the most distinguished custody issues and refers to when one parent tries to keep the other parent from having any time with the child at all. Even if there is a custody arrangement in place, parents have been observed going against that order and to try and reject the other parent’s access to their child.

Some common examples of this might include a parent canceling visitation or cutting time short with the kids. Parents also may put the liability for their actions on their child, by saying that the child does not want to see the other parent.

If you think that you have been denied access to your child, it is essential that you document what is occurring. You may also need to visit court to ask for enforcement to see their child. Contact our firm today to retain the services of a dedicated family law attorney.

2. If one parent does not show up for their parenting time.

In some cases, parents who are awarded shared custody do not actually want to spend time with their child, but would rather just have the satisfaction of “winning” the custody battle. Because of this, a parent may not show up for their child custody time or visitation time, which can burden the other parent. One parent may need to make spur-of-the-moment childcare arrangements, miss work, or cancel plans.

If you are a parent that cannot rely on your child’s other parent to show up for their parenting time or attend visitation time, you should document each cancellation, and retain the services of an experienced family lawyer. The court may be able to modify your custody order to match the irregularity of your child’s other parent’s visitation.


Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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