Withholding Child Support

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Most Common Family Law Issues:

Are Visitation and Child Support Related?

No, you may not withhold child support on your own. What you can do is ask the court to let you withhold child support because of repeated denied visitation.

Are Visitation and Child Support Related?

They are legally speaking different issues. A court usually makes an order for both at the same time but that doesn't mean they have a bearing together. They cannot be "traded" for one another. If you are being denied visitation you still have to pay child support, and if you are not receiving child support you can't deny visitation. They are however practically speaking related. Non-custodial parents who receive their visitation pay 85% of the child support they are obliged to pay and non-custodial parents who don't see their children very often or not at all pay only about 35% of their child support.

What Court has Jurisdiction over my Problems?

Jurisdiction usually remains with the original court where you got your custody and visitation arranged.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Visitation Issue?

If you are seeking to enforce your visitation rights with your children, it may be wise to consult with a family lawyer to discuss how to go further. Working with an experienced family lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you deal with the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 10-24-2011 04:38 PM PDT

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