Last week, the New Jersey Family Law Blogposted about a mother who took her kids without their father's knowledge, sparking off a massive search ending in Maryland. She was charged and pleaded guilty with interference of custody. In this particular case, the parties were still married. In Maryland, it is much more difficult for the aggrieved parent to get vindication. Contempt is an option when a parent is denied time under a court order, however it is not a quick fix. For example, if your ex will not open the door when you come by to pick up the kids during your holiday time, you will likely be stuck for the time being at least. While the court can order "make up time," you will never get that holiday back. The truth of the matter is that you cannot force the other parent to respect your rights and your relationship with your children.
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