If the parent with primary parenting rights is preventing visitation, can the second parent stop paying child support?

By Kate Miller
October 19, 2017
If the parent with primary parenting rights is preventing visitation, can the second parent stop paying child support?

If the parent with primary parenting rights is preventing the other from exercising visitation with his or her children, that's parental alienation. And that's one of the reasons why a parent might seek to change custody. The second parent cannot stop paying child support. The issues of parenting time and child support cannot be used as a sort of extortion against the other. A parent is entitled to court ordered parenting time independent of his or her payment status. Likewise, a parent will owe child support ordered by the court, whether or not he or she has actually exercised parenting time.


Kate Miller is a Denver, Colorado attorney focused exclusively on the practices of divorce and family law. She has lived many of the issues regarding divorce and child custody, and is passionate about helping people through this process. To learn more about Kate and her firm visit www.MillerFamilyLawLLC.com.

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October 19, 2017
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