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Enforcing Reasonable Visitation

Since the term “reasonable” is subjective and open to interpretation, it’s often difficult for a noncustodial parents to successfully pursue a contempt action against the parent with physical child custody when visitation disputes arise.

If a visitation schedule is defined by the divorce court, a parent may be held in contempt of court if the specific provisions of the order are violated, but with reasonable visitation orders, specifics can’t be violated. Resolving these cases has led many divorce courts to steer away from “reasonable visitation” orders and use more specific schedules.

While reasonable visitation can be ideal if parents are willing to cooperate and work together, it can also be used as a weapon by the custodial parent if parents cannot get along.

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