Our 10 year old goes to see her father every other weekend. She has lately begun saying she does not want to see him, and last weekend ran away to avoid visitation. Her father is threatening to take me back to court, and I am stuck in the middle. What should I do?
The first question here is why your daughter is running away. While it’s common for children to go through periods during which they reject one parent or another, running away is an extreme response. Is it possible there is abuse, or another issue in her relationship with her father? Is your daughter struggling in other ways, such as with depression? A family counselor could help you sort out these issues, and could also serve as evidence that you’re not willfully keeping your daughter away from her father.
Next, document everything. Contact your ex in writing about this problem, and solicit his input on what to do. Forcing visitation may not do much to improve their relationship. Finally, you need to contact a lawyer. Your attorney can help you respond appropriately to the issue and protect you in the event your ex takes you back to court.