- Physical endangerment / Violence: When the parent has abused or threatened physical violence against a child, he or she may be denied visitation. In some states, spousal abuse is also considered as evidence when awarding visitation rights.
- Emotional abuse: When a parent can prove that the other parent has caused emotional harm to the child, the abusive parent’s rights may be denied or limited. Bed-wetting, poor school performance and stuttering may indicate the presence of emotional harm.
- Mental Illness: When a parent is incapable of caring for a child due to a mental illness that may put the child in danger, the court may decide to curtail visitation rights or order supervised visitation.
- Sexual behavior: Courts may cancel overnight visits with a parent who is cohabitating with another adult, but only if the relationship is causing undue stress on the child. Under normal circumstances, the court will not deny visitation based solely on a non-marital heterosexual relationship.
- Substance abuse: When a parent is shown to abuse drugs or alcohol, and their conduct puts their child in danger, the court may deny visitation altogether or order supervised visitation at all times.
Other reasons for limiting or denying visitation rights include the possibility of abduction, harmful religious practices, incarceration, and even the wishes of the child. To learn more about how to handle situations like these in front of a custody judge, consult with an experienced Colorado Springs child custody lawyer.