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Not usually. Unless it is specifically spelled out in the visitation order that the day would be forfeited due to tardiness, the visit continues up and until the end time.
Most times, parents will keep in mind that this is about the children and not their animosity toward their ex. If this is happening, you can take it in to court on a contempt of order. I can state from experience that judges do not like when there is not courtesy call to say "running late" but they dislike even more when one parent uses children as pawns in such "trivial" matters. The Courts expect that parents will always focus on the well-being of the children and what is in their best interest and if one parent is withholding visits, thereby hindering a relationship and bonding with another parent they will be admonished.
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There is NO LAW so to speak - These things need to be addressed in visitation orders - there may be a case or caselaw where this issue was raised. However, I cannot access those cases. I will opt out and move this matter to our family law department and, perhaps, an expert in that department can find a case or two for you on this matter. Keep in mind, that there would also be caselaw for the other side of this coin based on what I stated above - the court will rule in whatever is in the best interest of the child. Is it in the best interest to allow the child to sleep or to allow the child the bonding time with the parent.
Best to you. I will move your question now.