In most cases, the custodial parent’s responsibility is to make the child available for visitation with the other parent, rather than to force the child to attend the visitation, assuming there is no physical or sexual abuse or neglect. This means that the custodial parent should make reasonable efforts to ensure that the child is available for visitation at the designated times and locations specified in the court order, even if the child does not want to attend. However, the custodial parent should not use physical force or coercion to make the child attend visitation, as this could be considered a violation of the court order and could result in legal consequences. It may be helpful to work with a therapist or counselor to address the underlying issues causing the child’s refusal to attend visitation, and to seek a modification of the visitation order if necessary. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ensure that the child attends court-ordered visitation in compliance with the court order.
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