Visitation and Child Support Are Separate Obligations

Angry former spouses sometimes imagine they can continue the battle by using child support or visitation as weapons against the former spouse.

Child support and visitation are independent obligations. The noncustodial father (as is often the case) cannot stop paying child support to the custodial mother if visitation is denied, and the custodial mother cannot deny visitation for nonpayment of child support.

Visitation and child support are court orders, so withholding visitation or not paying child support are contempt of court and courts can consider it a criminal act.

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