Child Custody and Support

Issues Surrounding Visitation

If a parent falls behind in child support payments, can the other parent prevent him or her from seeing the child?

Child support and visitation are independent rights and obligations. If a parent is not receiving child support, the remedy for that parent is to go to court (or activate a wage withholding order) to collect child support. The parent who is supposed to receive child support may not deny visitation or contact with the child because support was not paid.

Similarly, if visitation or contact with the child is blocked by the custodial parent, the legal remedy for the noncustodial parent is go to court to obtain an order enforcing visitation. The noncustodial parent may not cutoff or reduce child support because the custodial parent interfered with visitation.

>>What are some typical visitation arrangements?
>>Can courts deny visitation to a parent?
>>If a parent falls behind in child support payments, can the other parent prevent him or her from seeing the child?
>>Do grandparents have a right to see their grandchildren?


Practical Law Home | Child Custody & Support Home | Deciding Factors in Awarding Child Custody
*Issues Surrounding Visitation* | Setting Guidelines for Child Support
Adjusting Child Custody Arrangements or the Amount of Child Support

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