My child is provided by and lives with her mother. No custody, nor visitation has ever been ordered. But my daughter and mom don't agree with me seeing my child in ANY capacity. My child is 14yrs old. And I believe, I should be able to see her atleast a couple times a month? My daughter has said doesn't want to visit me. I have been patient, haven't seen or talked over the phone, besides text in over a year. And im POSITIVE her mother is no help in this matter. She has a stepdad for amount of years now, and im afraid the longer I let this go on, the harder it will become to rekindle my relationship with my daughter. I have called or texted her nearly EVERYDAY FOR OVER A YEAR now. Do I as her father have any say in this? Or since she is 14 now, (pre teen), is it up to my child?
Do you have any court orders as to visitation and custody? If so, those must be followed. While it is true but the court might take her wishes into consideration if she said she didn’t want to see you, that doesn’t mean that she can necessarily get a court order saying she doesn’t have to. You need to get an attorney and stop tiptoeing around and start asking the court to enforce your rights.
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You need to file a Request for Order for visitation; use whatever case number (child support?) is open. At fourteen, the court might arrange a way to get your daughter's voice heard, but will not just refuse visitation unless she is able to form a mature reason.
It will get more difficult each week that passes, so I agree that you should act now. You should think about some kind of reunification counseling to address why daughter is refusing visits, and to learn how to improve your relationship. A court order can require that and an attorney can help you. Good luck.
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