Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.
QUESTION: My ex-husband has not paid child support for the past two months. My family told me that I should not let him take the kids on his weekends until he pays what he owes. Can I keep him from taking the kids for his parenting time?
ANSWER: The answer is, no, you may not stop your ex-husband from exercising his parenting time with the children because of failure to pay child support. Parenting time and support are not dependent on each other. If you withhold parenting time, you may find yourself in trouble with the court. The proper thing to do is to file a complaint for support enforcement or motion with Friend of the Court (or the court if you opted out of using Friend of the Court services).
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By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
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