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What can I do if my partner won't let me see my child?

What can I do if my partner won't let me see my child?
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August 31, 2017
Answer

Even though you may have a custody and access schedule, a parenting plan, a separation agreement, or court order that says when you spend time with your child, your partner may not let you see your child.

This can be very upsetting for your child and very frustrating for you.

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 time you were not allowed to see your child. If it keeps happening, you may be able to get the arrangement changed.

But, there are times when your partner may have a good reason to stop your access visits. For example, if your partner thinks there is a real risk that your child will experience harm from family violence or you're under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the access visit.

Remember everyone has a duty to call their local children's aid society if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child under the age of 16 has been or is in danger of being harmed.

Child support is separate from access

The right to child support and access are two different issues. They are both rights of the child. Your partner cannot stop you from seeing your child because you haven't paid child support.

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