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Enforcing your parenting plan during periods of transition

This time of year, kids are gearing up to go back to school. They are getting ready for new classes, new teachers and new expectations, making this a time of great transition for them. But it is also a time of great transition for parents, as well, particularly if you are a parent who shares custody of your child with someone else.

School year custody schedules are often different from summer schedules, which means children and co-parents will need to make sure they know what to do once school starts. If someone fails to make the necessary adjustments to comply with a child custody or visitation plan, they can and should face penalties.

Interfering with a child custody order is against the law in Illinois because it puts a child in potential danger and deprives the other parent of his or her rights. As noted by state parenting time laws, interference can include the following offenses:

  • Hiding a child from the other parent
  • Failing to return a child in accordance with the custody schedule
  • Picking a child up during unapproved times without authorization from the other parent
  • Removing a child from the other parent's custody without permission or cause

Of course, there are times when a parent will do one of these things without having any bad intentions. After all, honest mistakes can be made when people are adjusting to a new schedule. In these situations, communication can help clear up ambiguities and confusion.

However, if a parent knowingly violates a court order and interferes with another parent's right to custody or visitation, he or she is breaking the law can face some potentially serious consequences. This could include decreased parenting time and even criminal charges with criminal penalties.

Enforcing a custody order can be crucial in protecting your rights as a parent and the well-being of your child. However, it can be more difficult than you expect, particularly when you are also dealing with the emotional impact of custody violations. Rather than try to resolve the situation on your own, you can talk to an attorney about how to go about enforcing orders for parenting time.

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