parents are legally obligated to financially support their children until they turn 18 or graduate high
school, whichever happens later. However, there is one issue that we see
across the nation. It doesn’t matter if it’s Pennsylvania,
Texas, or Washington – this same thing happens all the time: The
noncustodial parent, which is usually the mother, but not always, will
not let the noncustodial parent see their children for some reason. So,
to lash back, the noncustodial stops paying child support.
The noncustodial parent’s logic is, “If I can’t see my
kids, I don’t have to support them,” but it does NOT work
that way. It is a myth that
child custody and child support are connected in this way.
Some people probably have confusion because the amount of time a parent
has with their children can affect child support as in, the more a parent
has their kids, the less child support they may have to pay (this is fact-specific).
But, that is not how it works when it comes to a noncustodial parent being
barred from seeing their kids.
Child Support is Legally Required
If you are a noncustodial parent, please understand that if your ex blocks
you from seeing your children, you cannot stop paying child support, nor
can you reduce how much you pay. Child support and child custody are two
If your ex is not letting you see your kids, this is not acceptable. You
have parental rights, and we do not recommend doing nothing. After all,
children benefit the most by having two loving parents who are very active
in their lives.
Is your ex barring you from seeing your children? If so, continue to pay
your full child support obligation, but please do go back to court promptly
to enforce your court-ordered parenting time with your children.
Going back to court is your best legal recourse, and it’s important
that you follow this course of action. The courts do not take kindly to
parents who refuse to let their children see the noncustodial parent;
so, as long as you are a kind, loving, responsible parent, the court should
help reinforce your rights.
How Noncustodial Parents Can Stay Involved!
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