Ideally, it is always best for children to have equal relationships with both parents after a divorce. However, there are often instances in which one parent may want to limit contact with the other parent. There are a variety of reasons why a parent may want to do this, such as whether it is due to the possibility of abuse or endangerment. Whatever the case may be, there are processes in place that can help you keep your children from having contact with the other parent. It is not an easy process and you will need to strongly consider if the outcome is best for your kids. The following is some information on the process and what you can expect:
You Must Provide Adequate Proof
Keeping a parent from having access to his or her children is something that cannot be taken lightly and will require a significant amount of proof in order to do so. You will need to demonstrate how the other parent is unfit to be around your children. Cases in which the child is endangered due to drug, physical, or sexual abuse, the courts will have the propensity to approve your request. Proof will vary based on the circumstances, but any instances that are documented are going to work very well. Police reports, text messages, emails, or any correspondence that can be substantiated are a great place to start.
Keep in mind that the court will not likely prevent parental access in circumstances that are not as severe. You may be able to change your custody arrangements or require supervised visitation. It is not common to completely cut off from another parent, so your case must be substantial for your request to be approved.
How You Get Full Control
To get full control over your child and who he or she has contact with, you will need to be granted sole physical and legal custody. This will provide you with total control over the decision-making regarding your child's medical needs, religion, school attendance, and the like.
Although you can get full legal and physical custody of your child, you will still need to let the courts know if you wish to prevent any contact at all with the other parent. This is when you will go back to court with your proof and ask that the other parent have no access to your child or children. If you do not take this step and prevent the other parent access, he or she can take you to court, which can result in legal consequences for you.
If this is something you want to pursue, you must speak to a child custody attorney to see if you have a viable case with strong proof.