Whether your ex refuses to respect your rights as a non-custodial parent or you currently face allegations of violating a custody order, it is crucial to understand how the state enforces child custody orders. In Pennsylvania, violating a court order regarding child custody can result in a number of serious penalties.
If you cannot spend time with your child because the other parent refuses to comply with the terms of the custody order, you need to swiftly take action and have a firm understanding of your rights.
A look at child custody order enforcement
The Pennsylvania General Assembly states that parents who violate child custody orders can find themselves held in contempt of court. In fact, the willful failure to abide by the terms of a custody order can lead to six months behind bars and a fine of up to $500. Furthermore, parents who violate custody orders could also have to pay legal fees, lose their driving privileges and face up to six months of probation.
Taking action over custody violations
Some parents worry that holding the other party accountable could further jeopardize their ability to spend time with their child, but you deserve justice and it is paramount to safeguard your relationship with your child. With so much at stake, you need to carefully explore strategies to stand up for your rights and gather as much evidence as possible (such as text messages and eyewitness accounts).
If your child’s other parent refuses to respect the child custody order, you need to immediately assess your options and hold them answerable.