If I’m paying child support as agreed, what are my rights to court ordered visitation?

Can I stop paying until I can see my children?

Asked on August 7, 2015 under Family Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Child support and visitation are not related. This means that, if you are denied visitation you must continue to pay child support. What you'll need to do is to set up a formal visitation schedule through the court. If you have one already but your child's other parent is in violation, this is again a matter for the court. It will order that the schedule be enforced; if your ex-spouse still continues to keep you from your child, they can be held in contempt of court. This could result in your visitation time being increased, not to mention that custody could be affected as well.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Child support and visitation are not related. This means that, if you are denied visitation you must continue to pay child support. What you'll need to do is to set up a formal visitation schedule through the court. If you have one already but your child's other parent is in violation, this is again a matter for the court. It will order that the schedule be enforced; if your ex-spouse still continues to keep you from your child, they can be held in contempt of court. This could result in your visitation time being increased, not to mention that custody could be affected as well.


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