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Enforcement of Child Custody and Visitation Orders

Court orders regarding custody and visitation of children are created in the best interests of the children and have the force of law. They regulate the custody and visitation plan deemed to be most advantageous to the children and do not necessarily reflect what is most convenient or desirable for the parents. As a result, many parents often find themselves in situations wherein one parent refuses to comply with the child custody orders.

What if One Parent Does Not Follow the Custody and Visitation Court Order?

Information for Custodial Parents
It is a common misconception that a non-custodial parent is required by law to exercise court-ordered visitation. In fact, court-ordered visitation is a right, not a legal requirement. As such, a custodial parent cannot force a non-custodial parent to exercise his or her parenting time. If one or both parents are unhappy with the non-custodial parent’s current level of involvement, the solution would be for the custodial parent tofile a motion to modify visitation to conform to what is actually exercised by the non-custodial parent and then to potentially request an increase in child support due to the non-custodial parent’s lack of involvement.

Information for Non-Custodial Parents
When the inverse is true, and the custodial parent is frustrating or not allowing the court-ordered visits with the non-custodial parent to proceed, the custodial parent is technically violating the court order. In this type of situation, the solution may be to file a motion for the court to change custody to the non-custodial parent or to file a contempt action against the custodial parent for willful violation of court orders.

There are two sides to every situation. No matter which one you’re on, Griffith, Young & Lass is here to help. Contact our Carlsbad enforcement lawyers for a consultation: (858) 371-5569 or contact us online.

How to Enforce a Custody and Visitation Order in California

If one parent has not been following the custody and visitation order from the court, you have several options.

  • The first and easiest option is to contact your local police department and request that they enforce the order. If this is a new issue, contacting the police is a great place to start, as it may quickly resolve the problem.
  • If the police department’s attempts to enforce the order are not enough, contact a local post-judgement enforcement attorney to review your situation and discuss your options for enforcement.
  • If the problem persists, talk to your attorney about filing an action for “contempt” with the court. Filing a contempt order is a complicated process by which you formally request the court to enforce the order after making a finding that the other parent willfully disobeyed the court.

The process of enforcing a court-ordered custody and visitation judgement can get complicated fast. While we will do everything in our power to keep the process as smooth and peaceful as possible, we recommend that you keep a record of the following to ensure we are backed with the evidence we need should things escalate:

  • A hard copy of your current order. If other people, like grandparents, are involved, they should have a copy of the order as well.
  • A log of any/all visitation violations that have occurred to date. This can be a journal, mark-ups in your calendar, or any other type of written documentation that denotes the dates and times of each violation.
  • Emergency contacts, records of important information pertaining to the other parent (physical description, phone number, Social Security number, bank account information, driver’s license number, etc.), and a written description of your children (age, height, approximate weight, hair color, eye color, etc.).

This last piece of advice may seem drastic, but you must be prepared for the worst. Some child custody and visitation issues escalate to the point of kidnap. While we don’t anticipate this happening regularly, we want to be prepared if and when something should happen.

At GYL, our Carlsbad enforcement lawyers are committed to providing you with the best family law services in all of San Diego County. If you’re facing an emergency enforcement situation, call us at (858) 371-5569 and ask about our same-day and after-hours appointments. We can also be reached via our online contact form here.

Meet Our Team 

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  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq.
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq.
  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.
  • Joshua Yee, Esq.
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to opening Griffith, Young & Lass, he worked as the managing partner of one of the largest family law firms in North County San Diego.
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  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Catie E. Young excels in child custody cases and move-away trials. She has a unique approach to child custody cases and clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases. Since joining the firm, she has continuously brought her zeal and compassion to representing clients in child custody and domestic violence cases, and in December 2011, she became a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass.
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  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Amy Lass, a certified family law specialist, was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting. Amy went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006.
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  • Shirin Asgari, Esq. Shirin Asgari, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Shirin Asgari has a broad spectrum of legal experience and has handled matters in family law, criminal law, business law, and national security law. Currently, she focuses on family law matters and is a strong advocate for the rights of her clients. She dedicates time and attention to the needs of each client and the unique circumstances their case presents.
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  • Eric Cowdery, Esq. Eric Cowdery, Esq.

    Associate

    Eric Cowdery earned his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before earning his JD from Golden Gate University as part of the Honors Lawyering Program. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2013 and has been working diligently in the field ever since. Taking a personalized approach to each case, Eric Cowdery is committed to working with clients to help them through the often confusing and complex legal process of divorce.

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  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq. Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.

    Associate

    Jeffrey Wittliff is extremely attentive to his cases and believes in thorough preparation and the value of regular client communication. Behind the scenes, he has an extensive background in research related to all areas of family law, propounding discovery when necessary, and negotiation to settle cases with opposing parties.
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  • Joshua Yee, Esq. Joshua Yee, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Joshua Yeereceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego. Joshua went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. His experience working with a local Certified Family Law Specialist solidified his desire to become a family law attorney. Since becoming an attorney, Josh has exclusively practiced in family law.
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  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq. Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.

    Associate

    Shaudi Malekzadeh is a Carlsbad family law attorney at Griffith, Young & Lass, advocating for the rights and interests of Southern California families in a variety of family law cases, such as child custody, alimony, spousal support, and the division of community property. She is committed to delivering effective legal representation to our clients, aggressively advocating for their legal rights, and offering compassionate legal advice.
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