Your Agreement Is Legally Binding
What some individuals fail to realize after a divorce has been finalized is that their arrangements are now court orders and must be followed explicitly. This is one of the many reasons why it is important to draft detailed and comprehensive pleadings and agreements during your case to determine matters involving child custody or other issues related to your divorce.
If your former partner is unable to pay or unable to abide by your custody and visitation agreement because of a change in circumstances, he or she cannot simply withhold access or money from you.
How To Respond?
If your former partner is not providing support payments for the children, do not prevent him or her from seeing your children as a punishment or take other action prior to consulting with an attorney. It is important that you contact an attorney to see how you should proceed without violating any court orders.
Each requirement of your agreement is viewed as legally separate, and rather than instigating another legal issue, it is best to handle the situation through an attorney — even if you feel you are within your rights to withhold money or visitation rights. Our child support enforcement lawyers can help you to recover back child support or alimony, or secure compliance to your custody and visitation agreement.