For unmarried parents, it can be challenging to address custody matters if the relationship is severed. Whether it was a cordial parting or a very hostile or abusive situation, it is important that both mothers and fathers take the time to explore their rights. Rights are automatically bestowed upon the unmarried mother; however, an unmarried father in Texas and other states must take steps to establish parental rights.
Whether it is on a weekly bi-weekly, monthly or any other basis, when a visitation order is put in place, it is up to both parents to make it work. However, when the parent with the visitation rights does not exercise this right, the other parent is usually not faced with penalties. The flip side of this is the custodial parent not making a child available for visitation times. This is considered a violation. That parent has the ability to take action to enforce visitation.
When custody or visitation disputes arise, it is important for parents to understand the best ways to address these problems. If it is possible to communicate a solution, this could look like reaching an agreement on their own. It could also mean utilizing mediation to reach a resolution. If no resolution is reached, litigation might be necessary to either enforce visitation or modify a current agreement.
Even when parental rights are secured, this does not always mean the resulting order will be followed. Unintentional issues could present themselves; however, some parents may intentionally violate a visitation order. In these cases, it is important to understand what can be done to enforce these orders and protect his or her parental rights.