If one parent in California is denying the other parent parenting time, the parent who is being denied time with their child may need to take legal action to enforce their rights.
In California, both parents have a legal right to have frequent and continuing contact with their child, unless it would not be in the child’s best interests. If one parent is denying the other parent parenting time without a valid reason, the denied parent can file a motion with the court to enforce their rights.
The first step in this process is typically to attempt to work out the issue with the other parent through mediation or other means of alternative dispute resolution. If this is unsuccessful, the parent who is being denied time with their child can file a motion with the court to modify the custody and visitation order, asking the court to enforce their right to parenting time.
The court may order the parent who is denying parenting time to comply with the custody and visitation order, or may modify the order if it determines that it is in the best interests of the child to do so.
It’s important to note that if one parent has concerns about the safety or well-being of the child while in the care of the other parent, they should raise those concerns with the court or with child protective services. However, simply denying parenting time without a valid reason is not acceptable under California law.