If the other parent isn’t paying his or her child support, may I withhold or stop visitation?

No. The law is clear on this issue. Willfully withholding visitation can result in the person withholding or prohibiting visitation from being held in contempt of court by a family court judge.

The sanctions for contempt include an active jail sentence up to one year, fines, community service hours and/or having to pay the attorney fees and costs of the other party.

Many times, make-up visitation is also awarded. If you are facing this situation, you should strongly consider allowing our firm to assist you in bringing a contempt action against the person failing to pay support.

Please see our Child Support section to learn more about this subject.

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