06/26/2015 - Same-sex is now legal across the nation. - Alfredo Texas is currently one of twenty states in the United States which ban same-sex marriage via a constitutional amendment. In October 2014, the US Supreme Court let stand a ruling held by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals finding Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The resulting effect was that same-sex marriage bans are effectively voided in states such as Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. By declining to rule on the issue, combined with the changes in attitude toward same-sex marriage throughout the country, it can be inferred…
This is a difficult position for both parties involved. As the custodial parent, it’s your responsibility to foster a relationship between your child and their father, even if your relationship with their father is strained. But as you surely know, it can be difficult to convince a teenager to do anything they do not want to do. But it will be you, the parent, who faces repercussions for your child’s refusal to visit with their father.
As the custodial parent, you can be found in contempt for failure to comply with the court’s visitation order. Contempt entails being forced to pay fines, attorney’s fees and face up to six months in jail per violation. Family law judges do not take kindly to parents being unable to visit with their children and a finding of contempt reflects very badly on you as a parent in any future litigation involving the child.
You can’t physically get a teenager into a vehicle and you probably don’t want visitation to be a point of contention in your relationship with your child, but you need to remember that you are the adult and visitation is not up to the child. The judge won’t punish the child for their refusal to visit with their parent, those repercussions will come down on you.
So what can you do? If you have a decent relationship with your ex, it can be helpful to present a united front to your child. If you do not have a relationship with your ex, it’s important to stress to your child that both parents are a part of their life and that their refusal to visit with the other parent opens you up to liability for their actions.
If you are having issues with your current custody arrangement or have further questions, please contact the Ramos Law Group, PLLC.