Chantilly, VA asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Virginia

Q: Do I have to be in contact with my child's mother? She has full custody and I longer wish to be in contact with either

My son's mother is so volatile and dangerous for me to even be in contact with that I do not wish to have any contact with my son anymore in order to keep myself out of harm's way. I have tried having visitation rights and seeing him, but she was too hostile and almost every time put me at risk for being falsely accused by her. I signed an agreement that I would pay child support and help with medical costs, which I am willing to continue doing, but I do not wish to have any contact with her AT ALL. Is that possible? Or will I always be legally forced to stay in contact with her in order to resolve financial things such as the medical costs my son incurs. The child support is already set up through my job so I don't have to be in contact for that reason. My question more applies more to the medical costs that come up in the future, I guess...

Edit: How would financial issues be resolved (such as medical, or changes in pay)? I am unwilling to see or talk to her, period.

1 Lawyer Answer

Wayne E. Holcomb

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A: You cannot be forced to stay in contact with your son, but that's likely not the best result for him or you. With the help of Counsel, you can most likely craft an agreement or an Order to have the exchanges with the mother in public places or with a witness present. Although this can cause problems in itself, most phones can video these days. Some very troubled relationships exchange their children at police stations to keep the drama and potential legal issues at bay. You can stay away if you want, but there are better options I believe. My advice is that you get in touch with a local family law attorney as soon as you can.

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