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In Utah my daughter has a protective order against her X. It

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In Utah my daughter has a protective order against her X. It identifed a third party for communication re: child visitation as a family member of his. The third party quit. The X refuses to identify a new one.
If she witholds visitation because she has no idea when or where the children are going SHE is in trouble. She felt forced to communicate with him regarding the information and SHE was suggested to be in violation of the protective order.
Is SHE suppose to pay to go back to court to get a new liason appointed?? Can she force him to do so by refusing to provide visitation until he identifies a new liason that can provide information as to where and when the children are going?? He sent the police last night to enforce his visitation and cite her but they were confused and said BOTH were in violation. Her for communicating to ask for information and him for showing up at her house to harass her re the visitation.
Yes, if he has not designated a new third party and the order calls for a third party, then she has the right to withhold visitation. Because HE will not name a new 3rd party, then your daughter has to file for an order to show cause for contempt in the court to get the court to force him to name one and to deny visitation until he does. The fact about her violating the order because she wanted to know who the new third party would be is not really a valid claim by the police, who say things just to not be involved in family disputes as they are not really criminal matters. She does need to file a motion for an order to show cause for contempt and get the matter to court though.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

One brief follow up. What if She does NOT file for the order to show cause as he behind in child support and money is tight.

Then he can file to seek to hold her in contempt for denying visitation and she is going to end up spending the money anyhow and may end up having to pay his attorney's fees.