Courts recognize this as well and once kids reach their mid-to-late teenage years, courts will often factor in their wishes when dealing with visitation. Again, forcing the issue can make the rift greater. Additionally, parents must keep in mind that as kids get older, say 14 or 15 years of age, they will want more autonomy. So, if your young child refuses visitation, doesn’t feel like going, or doesn’t like leaving you behind, you should try to encourage them to visit with their other parent as scheduled. For example, let’s say your child is 16-years-old and wants to hang out with his or her friends instead of visiting with you. Technically, if the non-custodial parent has court ordered visitation, then the child and custodial parent have to comply with it. While it is easy for the court to be pragmatic about teens and parental visitation, any parent can tell you that you trying to force a 15-year-old to who doesn’t want to visit their other parent isn’t going to go well. My daughter's father didn't show much interest in her until his now wife came into the picture. 16 & 15 year old refuse visitation. Then your 15-year-old son rolls his eyes and says he’s not going. Submitted: 6 years ago. The child can choose not to visit, but that decision is still subject to judicial review. Does a 15-year-old have a right to refuse a visitation with the noncustodial parent? I love it! The short answer is yes, but with caveats. First, let me tell you, I am NOT a lawyer and I cannot give you legal advice. Your child will be angry and upset with you and the child’s negative feelings about visitation will increase. “I have plans this weekend,” he says while putting on his headphones. That was about 8 years ago. I am however, a divorced mom, a high school teacher of at risk youth, and a family mediator. If they do not, then the custodial parent can be held in contempt of court. If you force your 16-year-old to visit, I can assure you that the visitation will not go well. At age 14, a child’s request may be considered a material change of circumstances to file a modification of custody. One particular instance in which this can become challenging is if your child doesn't want to comply with your visitation schedule and begins refusing to see their other parent. I have full custody and he has visitation; every other weekend/holiday, 2 weeks in the summer. The visitation in the divorce decree is the standard visitation rights. Thread starter Irishluck628; ... We have 2 daughters together, 16 & 15 years old. Ex has a girlfriend and 7 children with 4 mothers. Can a 15 Year Old Refuse Visitation with Non Custodial Parent My question involves a child custody case from the State of: New York I have sole custody and visitation on my terms and it's been that way for 14 years. I remarried 10 years ago and have 3 children with husband. Thank you for this question.