The penalties for parental rights violations

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2021 | Custody & Visitation

Whether you recently got a divorce or your marriage ended years ago, it is important to go over legal issues related to children if you have young kids. Aside from child support, you likely need to think about various issues related to child custody. When it comes to custody, everyone is in a unique position. Sometimes, parents share custody, but some non-custodial parents only have visitation rights.

It is important to understand the potential consequences of parental rights violations, such as denying a parent his or her custody or parenting time. If your ex is wrongly accusing you of parental rights violations or preventing you from seeing your child and failing to respect a court order, you need to stand up for your rights.

The consequences of parental rights violations

According to the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, parenting time violations can result in harsh consequences. Depending on the details of the case, a parent could face up to $8,000 in fines and have to spend four years behind bars. For example, cases that involve child abuse or neglect, bodily harm, threats and dangerous weapons can result in harsher repercussions.

Potential defenses to allegations of parental rights violations

There are a number of possible defenses to accusations of parental rights violations. For example, some parents can defend themselves against these allegations if they can prove that they were protecting their child from significant emotional trauma or physical or sexual abuse.

If you are facing accusations of parental rights violations, or if you worry that your child’s other parent will falsely accuse you of abuse in order to avoid penalties for violating a court order, it is vital to gather as much evidence as possible and prepare for court.