If you have a visitation agreement for your child in Texas, the law requires that you and the child’s other parent abide by this agreement. That means when there is a scheduled visitation, you get to see your child. Sometimes, issues arise and the other parent may deny you your rights to visit with your child. When this happens, you need to do everything you can to rectify the situation.

Texas Access explains one of the most important things you should do when denied visitation is to still show up to get your child. Whether you meet at a neutral location or you go to a home to pick up your child, you should still do this even if you have been told you will not be getting the child. This is because an official denial of visitation requires that you be at the place and time of the arranged pick up.

If you get a call or a text that says not to bother coming and you do not show up at the pick up location, then you cannot claim a denial occurred. So, regardless, you need to act as if you have no clue about the denial. Also, make sure not fight or engage the other parent during these instances. You do not want any violence issues to become part of this situation.

While you can try to go to court right away, it is helpful if you have a few denials on record to show the court the pattern of behavior. It is also helpful if you have a witness, and you should keep a record. This information is for education and is not legal advice.