San Francisco, CA asked in Family Law for California

Q: Is there a way to make my children mom allow me to see my children without going to court

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Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington
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  • Shingletown, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: No. If she is refusing you time with the children you will have to get a court order for specific periods of time with the children.

Chris M. Bradford
Chris M. Bradford
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  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The short answer to this is No.

You need to file papers in court so the judge can give you time with your children.

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