When a child does not want to see a parent, it can be a challenging situation for everyone involved, including the parents, the child, and the court. In California, the best interest of the child is the primary consideration in determining child custody and visitation arrangements. The court will take into account various factors, including the child’s age, maturity level, relationship with each parent, and reasons for the child’s resistance to visitation.
If a child expresses a desire not to see a parent, the court may appoint a mediator, therapist, or evaluator to help determine the reasons for the child’s resistance and to facilitate communication between the parents and the child. The court may also order counseling or therapy for the child or parents to address any underlying issues.
If the court finds that the child’s resistance to visitation is not based on a legitimate reason, such as abuse or neglect, the court may still order visitation to occur. In such cases, the court may order supervised visitation or limit the frequency or duration of the visits.
It’s important to note that a child’s wishes are not the only factor the court considers in making custody and visitation decisions. The court will consider all relevant factors to ensure that the child’s best interests are met. If you are facing a situation where your child doesn’t want to see a parent, it’s best to consult with a family law attorney who can help guide you through the legal process and protect your rights and the best interests of your child.