Q) I have been paying child support for years to the mother of my children since we have had 50/50 custody. Now their mother has not seen the kids in 4 months and I’m taking action to take full custody as we speak. is there a way to stop support until things are cleared up because she will continue to drag this out because she is still receiving money each week?
Thanks for any help.
A) I understand your frustration. It is unfair that you are still paying child support when the other parent is not seeing the children.
Here are some things you can do to stop paying child support until things are cleared up:
- File a motion to modify child support. In your motion, you will need to explain why you are requesting a modification, such as the other parent’s failure to see the children. The court will review your motion and, if it is granted, your child support obligation will be modified or terminated.
- Contact your local child support agency. The child support agency may be able to help you modify or terminate your child support obligation.
- Consult with an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and can represent you in court if necessary.
It is important to note that the court may not grant your request to modify or terminate child support, especially if the other parent is still legally entitled to child support. However, it is worth trying to get your child support obligation modified or terminated, especially if the other parent is not seeing the children.
I hope this helps.
NOTE: Only a court can modify your child support obligation. If you don’t have a court ordered modification you will need to continue paying your child support obligation while taking action to take full custody of your children. For more options its best to seek legal counsel.