When can I see my child?

Children have the right to good and close contact with both parents. The child has the right to see both parents to the greatest extent possible. Contact between the child and the parent with whom the child does not live must be predictable for the child. The child should meet the parent for a period of time long enough for them to do meaningful activities together.

Parents usually divide weekends and holidays equally between themselves and the child meets the parent with whom the child does not live at set times.

Children have the right to contact with both their parents. Contact should only be limited if the child is at risk of coming to harm when in contact with one of the parents. If there are any doubts, the child can receive assistance during contact with a parent through the presence of a support worker.

As parents, you can make an agreement on contact. This is usually the best way to resolve the various practical issues about how children will have contact with their parents. If you both agree, the family law office can help you to draw up a binding agreement on the children’s contact with their parents.

Sometimes a parent may refuse to let the children have contact with the other parent. If there is no judgment or binding agreement on contact, the parent wishing to have contact with the child must take the matter to court.

If there is no risk of the child being harmed during contact with the parent, the district court will issue a judgment stating that the child has the right to contact with them at set times.

If the other parent refuses to leave the child or otherwise fails to comply with the judgment, the court can impose a fine. This is called execution and is issued at the request of the parent whom the judgment entitles the child to meet.

We have extensive experience of resolving contact disputes in court. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.