A question that I hear a lot from clients and prospective clients is, “Can I stop the visitation order if my ex isn’t paying child support?” Although it can be frustrating, the answer is no. As far as the courts are concerned, a visitation order is a visitation order and a child support order is a child support order.
You can not unilaterally decide to stop the visitation order, but you can do an earnings and withholding order to get the child support directly from your ex’s employer. You can also petition the court to have your ex sanctioned, or as a last resort, you can petition the court to have your ex held in contempt.
The bottom line is that you can’t and shouldn’t stop the visitation order if your ex isn’t paying child support, but you do have options to remedy the situation. If you’re going through a situation like this or you have any other legal questions, feel free to reach out via phone or email. I would love to hear from you.