Ex wife keeps cutting my time with my daughter. She will show up unannounced to pick her up a day before she is supposed to. She has had my daughter on all holidays, not what we agreed on. Sometimes she won't drop her off at all on my days.
If your parenting plan orders are clearly stated and the mother is violating them, you can file a motion to enforce parenting time. If you are not sure about how to handle this task, schedule a consultation with a family law attorney to discuss your options. The strongest information I can provide is that since this is important to you, do not let time pass before you respond to the problem. Sometimes a strongly worded letter from an attorney is what it takes to get matters on the right path again. Good luck to you.
Your options are to file motion to enforce parenting time or for contempt of court. Mr. Littman's response is spot on.
In addition to the information provided by my colleagues, if the kids are with you, and she shows up a day early, tell her to come back on the scheduled day and send her on her way. If your orders are clear, she cannot force you to exchange the children a day early. For situations where she is not letting you see the children on your scheduled days, you need to pursue enforcement in court - there are no other ways to remedy the situation.
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A Motion to Enforce Parenting Time is very attractive for your facts. In addition to enforcing your parenting time going forward, it can penalize her for past violations, give you make up time for all that you have lost, require that she take a parenting course to better understand the potential negative impact her choices could have on the children, require she post a bond, and award you fees and costs from her (in addition to other relief). File soon, and nip her violations in the bud. The court must issue an initial ruling within 35 days, making this much faster moving than contempt, in additional to more options for relief. Good luck!
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