This can be both legally and practically difficult. Once parents are separated, typically each one can do what they want (within reason) on his or her time with the child. If Mom (for example) wants to tell Dad that he cannot take the child around his own Mother, the Court is going to want solid reasoning that looks to the best interest of the child. Typically, reasons that would be valid to prohibit contact, etc., would involve health or safety of the child.
Assuming one has the requisite legal reasons to prohibit contact and it makes its way into a Court order, there still is an enforcement problem. Parents cannot and should not grill their minor children as to when he or she was last around Aunt Sally. Parents cannot also watch the other’s custody time. Without the assistance of a private investigator around the clock, which many parents cannot afford, there is little to know way to know whether the other parent is following the order.
Laura H. Stobie
McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, L.C.