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What the law says about blocking contact with a child

Noncustodial parents in Colorado have many options when it comes to staying in touch with their children. Thanks to advances in technology, seeing or speaking with a child may be as easy as using FaceTime or sending an email. In some cases, however,a custodial parent may wish to limit or block a noncustodial parent's access to his or her child.

Typically, a judge will not make such an order unless there is evidence of abuse or neglect. Absent a court order, a custodial parent generally cannot block the noncustodial parent from talking to or seeing his or her child if he or she has the right to do so. If a parent has issues with excessive calling or texting, a court may put the noncustodial parent on a phone schedule or create other policies to remedy the problem.

It may be a good idea for a custodial parent to document any harassing behavior toward either the child or toward that parent. This may be helpful in obtaining a court order to block or limit the contact a noncustodial parent may have with his or her child. It may also create leverage for a parent to negotiate a modified contact agreement outside of court as opposed to seeing a judge to resolve the matter.

In any custody dispute, the law places a priority on protecting the best interest of the child. Therefore, a noncustodial parent may be allowed to contact a child even if the custodial parent objects to it. An attorney may assist a parent in modifying an existing contact order if there is reason to believe that a noncustodial parent is harassing the child. This may be grounds to either block or limit the contact that he or she may have.

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