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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: Enforcing Child Custody and Visitation Agreements

Monday, June 24, 2013

Enforcing Child Custody and Visitation Agreements

As much as both parties in a divorce case would like to think that things are over and done with once the divorce is finalized, that's not always the case. This is especially true when children, restraining orders, and other complicating factors come into play. Child custody issues are what often turn a clean-cut divorce into a drawn-out legal procedure, which is why enforcement is a necessary service for legal attorneys to offer.

When visitation agreements and custody rights are agreed upon in court, they become legally binding – in other words, violations can potentially be considered criminal offenses. That's why it's important for parents not to violate their rights without clearing it with the court first. Even if the other parent seems to verbally okay it at the time, you never want anything to be used against you.

If the charges are used against one of the parents, this is known as enforcement. The charges that can be pressed will vary in degrees of severity, but in extreme situations, such as the parent taking the child and leaving without notice, the offender may be charged with kidnapping or even unlawful imprisonment. Both of these offenses mean that the offender will likely do time in prison or, at the very least, will be under intense probation. In less severe cases, such as not allowing a parent to see the child during his or her designated visitation times, the parent could be fined or the visitation agreement can be altered.

If you feel that you've been unjustly accused of breaching a custody agreement, or if you need to press charges against your former spouse for the same type of offense, it's important to get a lawyer like Marshall Davis Brown Jr to help you handle it fairly. Accidents do happen, and no one should be robbed of their custody or visitation rights altogether without being able to defend themselves.


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