If child support payments are not being made, should child visitation continue?
Actually these are two separate issues. Whether or not you’re paying child support or receiving child support is a separate issue from parenting time. This is a mistake that a lot of parents make. They think that because one parent is not paying child support, they should not be able to have parenting time with their child. That’s not the case. They are two separate issues. We should not tie the payment of child support in terms of parenting time. So, we need to look at why child support is not being paid. Is there a reason? Is there a loss of job? An illness or other factor?
But the bottom line is that it’s important for a child to know both parents and have a relationship with both parents. And so, we want to encourage that bond and we want to encourage parenting time, but don’t make the mistake of thinking because a parent isn’t paying you child support, you can withhold visitation. If you have any questions in this area, please contact Lewis & Matthews. We can talk about your situation and figure out what’s the best remedy or action for you to take moving forward.