What if My Child Refuses Visitation?

In Child Custody, Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

Most visitation schedules between separated and divorced parents are reached by agreement between the parents. This is consistent with public policy and the law that it is in the best interest of children when their parents can settle their differences without resorting to litigation. When an agreement cannot be reached, a judge is then tasked with determining the terms of custody and visitation in accordance with the best interest of the child. Sometimes, however, regardless of what parents agree to or what a court orders, children refuse to visit with a parent. So what happens in this scenario? Best Interest Considers a Child’s Preference The court is required to consider a child’s best interest, which is a broad, yet almost universally applied standard in custody and visitation decisions. The North …