Withholding Child Support Is Not an Appropriate Way to Address This Situation
Video Transcribed: Can I withhold child support if my children’s mother is refusing to allow me visitation? My name is Brian L. Jackson. I’m a Fathers Rights Attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And today we’re going to talk about whether or not you can withhold child support if you were children’s mother is withholding visitation.
There is a specific statute under Title 43 that deals with this exact situation, and the answer is, no you can’t. The duty to pay child support and the duty to facilitate visitation or allow visitation pursuant to a court order is independent.
Just because she’s not letting you visit it doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay your child support obligation. Although the same reverse is true as well. Just because you may be behind in child support doesn’t mean she gets to withhold visitation.
Withholding child support, although it may seem unfair is not an appropriate way to address a situation where your children’s mother is denying you your scheduled visitation time.
What you need to do in this situation is immediately consult with an attorney and you should go to dads.law if you find yourself facing this situation or any other legal question whatsoever, that has to do with family law, go to dad.law, and we would be happy to advise you as to how to handle your specific situation.
But definitely do not withhold child support. Failure to pay can result in exposing you to a citation for contempt. And in extreme cases, you can actually be subject to criminal charges. So definitely don’t pay your child support.
Definitely do go to dads.law and come talk to us. We can help you resolve your situation. My name is Brian L. Jackson. I’m a Child Support Attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And we’ve been talking about whether or not you can withhold child support if your children’s mother is denying you visitation with your child. Thank you.