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What can I do if my partner doesn't show up for access visits with our child?

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What can I do if my partner doesn't show up for access visits with our child?
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What can I do if my partner doesn't show up for access visits with our child?
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August 31, 2017
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Even though you may have a custody and access schedule, a parenting plan, a separation agreement, or court order that says when your partner will spend time with your child, they may not always show up.

This can be very upsetting for your child and very frustrating for you. But you can't force your partner to spend time with your child.

It's important not to speak negatively about your partner in front of your child. You also want to make sure your child knows that your partner loves them. Your child may think they did something wrong which is why your partner isn't spending time with them. Let them know that this isn't true.

Keep track of all the missed visits and make notes with as much detail as possible. For example, record the date, time, and details of each visit missed. If it keeps happening, you may be able to get the arrangements changed.

Child support is separate from access

The right to child support and access are two different issues. They are both rights of the child. A parent cannot be denied access to their child because they do not pay child support. And a parent who does not have access may still have to pay child support.

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