Busted But Not Responsible? Tips For Your Defense

If you've been arrested for a crime you didn't commit, you need to defend your legal rights. You have the right to an attorney who can help you present your case. After being wrongly accused of something myself, I learned quickly how to navigate the legal avenues to have my case dismissed. My attorney was a great resource for building the case, and because of my understanding of the law, it worked. I created this site to share what I learned along the way and some other great tips for others who have been wrongly accused and arrested for a crime.

Custody Problems? 4 Steps To Take When Your Teen Refuses To Comply With Custody Orders

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If your teenager has decided to fight the custody orders, and you've been unable to force the issue, you need to take steps to protect yourself. The last thing you want is to be found in contempt for not following the custody orders. It's not uncommon for teenagers to fight against ordered visitation, especially when they have other ideas about how they want to spend their time. If your teen is refusing to visit the other parent, here are four steps you need to take to protect yourself. 

Maintain Detailed Records

If your teen has started to rebel against the custody arrangements and refuses to visit the other parent, you need to maintain detailed records. Those records should include the times and dates of each refusal, as well as the reason your teen refused to go. Your records should also include the attempts you made to get your teen to attend their scheduled visits. One way to ensure a proper paper trail is to follow up each refusal with an email to the other parent, explaining the refusal. That way, you can show that you made attempts to persuade your child. 

Communicate With the Other Parent

If your teen is refusing to court ordered visitation, try to maintain communication with the other parent. They need to know that you're making an effort to ensure visitation. Not only will communication help keep the other parent in the loop, it might provide you with some much-needed insight as to why your teen is refusing visitation. 

Seek Counseling for Your Child

If your teen refuses to visit their other parent for court ordered visitation, consider counseling. Counseling can help your teen come to terms with any issues that might be causing the refusal. This is particularly important if your teen is concerned about something but hasn't been able to discuss the problem with you. 

Request Separate Legal Representation

If your attempts to force your teen to visit their non-custodial parent have failed, and you're facing legal problems as a result, it's time to consider separate legal representation. Requesting a separate attorney for your child will provide a couple of benefits. First, it will show the court that you're not trying to interfere with the relationship between your child and their other parent. Second, it will provide your teen with a chance to voice their own concerns. 

If your teen is no longer complying with the custody agreement, use the tips provided here to try and resolve the issue. Contact a child custody lawyer to learn more.


23 January 2020