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What is Parenting Time Interference?

Co-parenting is full of challenges and obstacles. Even when you think you have a handle on the situation, it doesn't take much to upset the balance and lead to contentious fights.

This can happen when one parent interferes with the other's parenting time. Below are some examples of what parenting time interference looks like.

Emotional inference

Emotionally interfering with parenting time can include:

  • Making a child feel guilty about spending time with the other parent
  • Disparaging the other parent to the child in an effort to make them unwilling to spend time with him or her
  • Encouraging a child to act out when he or she is with the other parent

Physical interference

Physically preventing a child from spending time with the other parent is interference. This can involve:

  • Consistently dropping off the kids late during custody exchanges
  • Refusing to allow the kids to communicate with the other parent (as long as such an arrangement is in the parenting plan)
  • Keeping the child away from a parent who has fallen behind on child support

Indirect interference

Indirect interference may be less obvious, but it is still upsetting. This includes:

  • Asking the kids to spy on the other parent
  • Misleading the other parent about school or extracurricular activities so that he or she misses them
  • Regularly cutting phone calls between a child and the other parent short or commandeering them to discuss parenting matters

It is important to also note that custodial interference is another issue, and a crime in the state of Pennsylvania. According to state laws, any person who takes a child away from his or her parent without the legal right to do so commits custodial interference. Under these circumstances, a person could be charged with a third degree felony.

In any situation involving parenting time interference, there can be consequences. An interfering parent may lose some of his or her parenting time or be required to attend counseling. There may be fines imposed or, in the most serious cases, jail time ordered.

If you have any questions or concerns about parenting time or custodial interference, you can contact an attorney to discuss your legal options and the steps you can take to protect your rights and your child.

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