Erin Durnell answers:
Child support and parenting time are not mutually exclusive. In other words, if a parent with an obligation to pay child support fails to do so, the other parent may not withhold parenting time. Likewise, if a parent is entitled to parenting time but is not permitted to see the child, the parent may not withhold support payments. Failure to pay child support as ordered and failure to permit parenting time when ordered are punishable by contempt, which means that not only could the offending parent have to pay attorney fees for the other parent, but he or she could also be ordered to spend some time in the local jail. It is very important that parents follow court orders related to parenting time and child support.
Erin Maybee Durnell focuses her practice on all aspects of family law at Broyles Kight and Ricafort. Erin’s experience as a family law attorney includes custody proceedings, marital estate divisions, child support matters, and paternity actions. Visit Broyles Kight and Ricafort’s Divorce Magazine online profile.