Enforcement of Visitation
Johnson County Family Law & Divorce Attorney
After two spouses obtain a divorce, one of them may have sole custody of the child while the other receives a court order for
visitation. Even with such a court order, however, the custodial parent may seek to stop the other parent from visiting their child. When this happens, it may be necessary to make a motion for enforcement of visitation.
Process of Enforcing Visitation Rights
Article 7 of the Kansas Statutes outlines the laws and procedures regarding enforcement of visitation rights. K.S.A. § 23-701 states that any party – mothers,
grandparents or any third party – who has been granted visitations has the right to request enforcement upon denial of or interference with those rights. After a motion has been made, a hearing officer will set a date and time for a hearing to take place within 21 days of the motion. Mediation may be required between the two parties before the hearing. Once the mediation is complete, a hearing will be schedule within 10 days of its termination.
Ultimately, the hearing officer is the one who reviews the complaint and makes a final decision. If he or she determines that there was unreasonable interference with or denial of visitation, any of the following actions could be taken:
- A specific schedule of visitation could be made
- Compensating visitation time could be granted
- Bond could be posted
- Compensation of attorney and court fees, etc.
- Attendance of one or both parents at counseling or educational sessions
- Supervised visitation
A Johnson County Visitation Enforcement Lawyer Could Help
If you need to make a motion for enforcement of visitation rights, don't do it alone. A Johnson County divorce lawyer from our firm could provide the counsel and representation you need to win your case. Martin & Wallentine has represented clients in visitation cases for many years and is experienced in all areas of
family law. Call now for a
free initial consultation to review your case with an attorney and determine what steps you should take.
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