I work 40+ hours a week and go to college and take 15 hours. My visitation is every other weekend. There have been times I have had to work on weekends or had drill (military) my ex wife refuses to work around my schedule. What are the consequences for not seeing my children? I want to but I cannot afford a lawyer to take her back to court.
Here is a section I place in all my child custody orders:
NOTICE: Pursuant to Act 1779 of 2001, the non-custodial parent is hereby notified that failure to pay child support or to visit the child or children of this action may provide the custodial parent with the right to initiate proceedings to terminate the parental rights of the non-custodial parent. If the non-custodial parent’s parental rights are terminated, the obligation to pay child support will continue until an interlocutory decree of adoption is entered. The non-custodial parent will remain responsible for all child support arrearages that accrued prior to the date of the entry of the interlocutory decree of adoption.
Basically, if you fail to visit your children for more than a year, you have the danger of having your parental rights severed.
As Mr. Niederbaumer stated, you stand to lose your parental rights if you do not visit your children. Even if your rights are not terminated by the Court, both you and your children lose out on precious time in your relationship and that can never be replaced.
Make the effort to see your children, if your ex will not work with you on your schedule, you can move the Court to modify your visitation rights to allow for the schedule to better fit your schedule.
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