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The Legal Minute Video Series: What To Do When Your Kids Won’t Go To Your Ex’s

An Oakland County, Michigan couple’s divorce recently made headlines, but perhaps not for the reasons you’d think. Following a painful case, the mother won custody of her three children, while the father was awarded visitation rights. However, when a judge ordered the kids to see their dad for lunch, they refused, and the judge found them in contempt of court. She incarcerated the mother and the kids (in juvenile detention) until they agreed to go and see their dad. I highly question the judge’s ruling regarding the children in this instance, but it is not uncommon for a parent to be deemed in contempt for refusing to send their kids on a visit—even if they don’t want to go. Both parents are expected to follow a divorce agreement or court order, especially in regards to visitation. So, what are your options if your children refuse? In my latest Legal Minute, I look at the sometimes-extreme legal ramifications of giving in to a resistant child, along with a few thoughts on overcoming that difficult situation.

If you struggle with your child over visitations with your ex-spouse, talk to a qualified family law professional. Offit Kurman’s attorneys know how to handle complex emotional disputes, and can work with both spouses to come up with a solution that doesn’t involve jail time. To learn more about our family law practice, please click here. To get in touch with me, click here. The Legal Minute is your trusted video series about family law issues that may affect you or someone you know. Family Law Attorney, Alex Allman, shares his stories, experiences, tips and recent family law news through this fast-paced, entertaining animated video series.


Alex Allman Mr. Allman focuses his practice in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Mr. Allman has been involved in handling all aspects of domestic or family law cases, including divorce, property distribution, child custody, child support and alimony, as well as a broad range of complex commercial and civil litigation

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