Stopping a Child from Seeing the Other Parent: When is it Appropriate?

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Divorce or separation can be a challenging and emotional time for everyone involved, particularly for children. When parents separate, it’s not uncommon for disputes to arise over custody and visitation arrangements. In some cases, one parent may feel that it’s necessary to stop a child from seeing the other parent. But when is this appropriate, and what are the potential consequences?

At Aspire Family Mediation, we understand that this can be a complex and emotional issue. In this article, we’ll explore the topic in depth and provide guidance on when it may be appropriate to stop a child from seeing the other parent.

Legal Considerations

In general, it’s not appropriate for a parent to unilaterally stop a child from seeing the other parent, unless there are serious safety concerns. When parents separate, both parents have a legal right to seek custody and visitation time with their children. If one parent feels that the other parent is not providing a safe environment for the child, they may need to seek legal intervention to modify the custody arrangement.

Factors to Consider

Before taking any action to stop a child from seeing the other parent, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  • Safety concerns: If there are legitimate safety concerns, such as abuse or neglect, it may be appropriate to limit or terminate contact between the child and the other parent.
  • Impact on the child: Children thrive when they have positive and healthy relationships with both parents. It’s important to consider the potential impact on the child before making any decisions that could limit contact with the other parent.
  • Legal consequences: Unilaterally stopping a child from seeing the other parent can have serious legal consequences. It’s important to seek legal advice before taking any action.

Advantages of Mediation

If you’re struggling with disputes over custody and visitation arrangements, mediation can be a useful option. Mediation involves working with a neutral third party to identify the issues and find a mutually acceptable solution.

Some of the advantages of mediation include:

  • A more collaborative and cooperative approach
  • Greater control over the outcome
  • Lower costs and faster resolution
  • The ability to focus on the needs of everyone involved


Stopping a child from seeing the other parent can be a difficult and emotional decision. However, in general, it’s not appropriate to take this action unless there are serious safety concerns. If you’re struggling with custody or visitation issues, it’s important to seek legal advice and consider options such as mediation.

At Aspire Family Mediation, we’re here to help you navigate this complex issue and find a solution that works for everyone involved. Whether you opt for mediation or simply need some guidance and support, our experienced team can provide the assistance you need to move forward.