Can A Father Have Visitation Rights In Florida If He Is Not Paying Child Support?
Yes, in Florida, visitation rights (now called timesharing rights) and child support are independent of each other under state law. One parent cannot refuse visitation to the other parent on the grounds that the visiting parent is not paying court-ordered child support. While failure to pay child support can result in contempt of court charges, fines and other penalties, refusing to allow visitation can also result in these penalties even if the visiting parent fails to pay child support. Remember that Florida custody laws are focused on what is best for the child, not what either parent deserves or doesn’t deserve.
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