I'm a noncustodial parent
and I can't visit or talk with my child even though I have a visitation
order. What can I do?
Although visitation is not in the same office as child support, the state CSE agency should be
able to tell you who can help with custody and visitation enforcement in the
state. Family law, including parental rights, is under the jurisdiction of the
individual states, and the Federal government cannot intervene. State
CSE agency telephone numbers and addresses are at (English): http://ocse.acf.hhs.gov/int/directories/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.extivdlist
A parent's visitation rights should be protected and children should have access to both
their parents. In nearly all cases, children who have the love and support of
both their parents have better lives. The Federal government provides grants
to each state for programs to improve children's access to their noncustodial
parent. These programs include mediation, education, visitation enforcement,
development of guidelines for visitation, and alternative custody
arrangements. It is up to the state to decide which
services are provided and in which parts of the state. Your
state child support enforcement agency should be able to tell you about the
projects in your state. You might also check with
your local family or domestic relations court to find out if
services are available to help to enforce visitation orders.
If your child's whereabouts have been hidden from you in violation of a custody or visitation
order or you have other problems, the CSE agency can help you. Common issues:
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