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Divorce Q&A: What Can I Do if My Spouse Interferes With Parenting Time?


Divorce is designed to give both parents roughly equal parenting time with their children. Doing so is for the benefit of the children and each parent in remaining an active, involved influence in their children’s lives.

However, divorce is inherently contentious. And, unfortunately, this often means one parent will try and withhold parenting time from their former spouse. Luckily, they aren’t legally entitled to do so and, should it happen to you, you can work with a Naperville divorce lawyer to get back the parenting time you’ve lost.

How Does a Parent “Withhold” Parenting Time?

There are many ways in which a parent may withhold parenting time from a former spouse. Two of the most common ways to do so include:

  • Dropping off or returning the children late; and
  • Failing to show up with the children at the designated times on the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Judgment

While you may not be deprived of your entire parenting time in either of these scenarios, you will still receive less time than you should. Moreover, these 10-minute or 15-minute delays add up over time and, as a parent, you’re entitled to receive it back or at the very least be awarded a solution.

Available Remedies for Lost Parenting Time

If you’ve lost parenting time, working with a Naperville divorce attorney is the simplest way to get it back. Some of the common ways an attorney will assist you includes:

  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Judgment: If there are ambiguities or confusing statements in your Judgment, your lawyer will revisit it and amend it accordingly.
  • Counseling: In some scenarios, parents will be required to go to counseling to resolve any tension.
  • “Make Up” Time: In some cases, parents will be awarded the time they’ve lost with the children.

There are other fines and punishments that may be imposed. However, these are the most common remedies awarded by the courts.

As you can imagine, there are more serious punishments should a parent continue to withhold parenting time after being brought into court. The judge will address each case uniquely to discern an appropriate punishment to deter future wrongdoing.

Contact Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. to Learn More About Your Parenting Time Rights 

Many parents aren’t sure what they are and aren’t entitled to when it comes to parenting time. And, while it’s easy to forgive spouses here and there for being late, you shouldn’t if your former spouse is purposely interfering with your parenting time.

If you’re being denied parenting time or believe you have another parenting-time related issue, Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. can help. We have over 35 years of experience in handling children-related matters and are glad to offer our support and expertise to your case and needs.

Contact Larry today at 630-470-9990 for your free, 30-minute consultation or request an appointment online! We look forward to speaking with you and putting your mind at ease regarding your parenting time rights.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.