In Arizona the law favors custody arrangements that allow children to spend time with both parents. Research shows having access to both parents is in the child’s best interests, as kids with a close relationship tend to thrive compared to peers who don’t get time with both parents. But there are cases where a child refuses to spend time with a parent. If you’re granted primary child custody, you need to comply with the visitation order issued by the court. But if you find yourself constantly fighting with a child every time they’re supposed to visit their other parent, what are your options?

First, it’s you need to understand the legitimate reasons your child is so reluctant to visit. Common reasons children refuse visitation include:

·       They miss their home or feel uncomfortable in the other parent’s home

·       The other parent’s house is far away from their friends or school

·       New rules or behavioral expectations are uncomfortable/unfamiliar

·       Their parent has a new partner, who may have children

·       The child and the other parent do not have a close relationship

·       The child blames the other parent for the divorce

It is also normal for children to express their objections as they turn into teenagers. Most are involved in extracurricular activities and want to participate in outings with friends. Unfortunately, visitation with the other parent may interfere with these events. While some objections are worked out by making the transition from one household to another less disruptive, others may require more analysis. You should consider getting help from a counselor or therapist. In some cases, modifying the visitation order may be needed.

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