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How does denied visitation affect parents and kids?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | FAMILY LAW - Child Custody

Denied visitation, a situation where one parent cannot spend time with their child, can have profound emotional and psychological effects on both parents and children. This heartbreaking scenario can arise due to various reasons, such as custody disputes and disagreements between co-parents.

It is important for parents to understand how denied visitation can affect everyone involved.

The impact on parents

The Florida Courts say that family time, or visitation, can ease the pain of separation for children and their parents. Unfortunately, some parents fail to respect the terms of visitation agreements. For parents, denied visitation can lead to feelings of sadness, frustration and helplessness. The inability to see their child regularly can cause immense emotional pain and a sense of loss. Parents may experience heightened stress and anxiety, worrying about their child’s well-being and feeling disconnected from their parental role.

Denied visitation can also trigger feelings of anger towards the other parent or the legal system, leading to strained relationships and ongoing conflict. Moreover, the absence of regular visitation can hinder the parent-child bond and disrupt the development of a strong, nurturing relationship. Parents may fear that their child will forget them or feel abandoned, further exacerbating their emotional distress.

The impact on kids

Children who deal with denied visitation may experience a range of negative emotions and challenges. Children may feel confused, rejected and abandoned, not understanding why they cannot see their parents as usual. This situation can lead to feelings of guilt, loyalty conflicts and a sense of missing out on important parental relationships and experiences. Children may also struggle with emotional regulation and behavior issues, manifesting as anger, sadness or withdrawal. Denied visitation can disrupt the child’s sense of stability and security, impacting their overall well-being and mental health.

Children may experience increased stress, anxiety, and a sense of powerlessness in the face of the situation. The absence of a parent figure can also affect the child’s self-esteem, identity formation and ability to form healthy relationships in the future. Every child deserves the love, care and support of both parents.