Relationship between Visitation and Child Support
Visitation and child support are two separate issues. A parent cannot refuse to pay support because she is not getting visitation. A parent cannot refuse visitation because she is not getting child support.
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Yes! If the court ordered that he have visitation, you must give him visitation even if he is not paying child support. Child support and visitation are two separate issues. You can’t stop the visitation because he isn’t paying child support. (You can go back to court to ask the court to make him pay the child support).
No! If the court ordered you to pay child support, you must pay the child support even if you are not getting visitation. Child support and visitation are two separate issues. (You can go back to court to ask for your visitation).
My ex wants to stop paying child support and stop visiting our child. If we both agree, can we stop the child support and visitation?
You should go back to court to make any changes to the child support and visitation order. If you don’t go back to court, the current order will be en effect (even if the two of you have agreed to something else). The court will generally not let the parents agree to stop the child support order. The child support is for the benefit of the children, and the court will not usually let the parents agree to stop paying child support.
Maybe. Beginning January 1, 2004, Indiana now has a Parenting Time Credit. The more overnights per year that a non-custodial parent has with the child, the higher the Parenting Time Credit. This means that the non-custodial parent will pay less child support the more he or she spends overnights with the child.
Last revised: 2-2004
LSC Code: 1380199