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Understanding legal custody interference

When most people think of child custody interference, they think about interference with the physical custody of the child. It could be something like refusing to exchange custody even though the schedule says they need to do so. It could mean taking the child out of state on a vacation without permission.

These things do happen, and you absolutely need to know what rights you have if they happen to you. However, remember that custody interference could also revolve around legal custody, which is a different thing entirely.

Physical custody centers on who cares for the child and where they live. Legal custody centers around making decisions for the child. These decisions could involve school, religion, medical treatment and things of this nature.

For instance, say you have shared legal custody of your child. This means you get a say in these important decisions. However, your ex doesn't feel like asking you what you think, goes behind your back and makes decisions without telling you.

That could very well be custody interference or a violation of your custody rights as a parent. You do not deserve to be kept in the dark like that. Moreover, you do deserve to have a say in your child's upbringing and having an ex who cuts you out and does things you cannot change after the fact -- like consenting to certain medical treatment -- can be detrimental to both you and the child.

If this happens, make sure you are well aware of your legal rights and the steps you can take to fight for them.

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