Q: Can a parent restrict visitation if I am 1 week late on my half of a medical bill? current on all others
I live in NC. My kids live in Utah with mother. I am current on my child support and all other bills I am responsible for. I purchased an airline ticket for my daughter to come here for Christmas. Because I cannot pay a medical bill until Friday, my ex spouse wants to forbid my daughter from traveling. can she do that?
A: Generally, payment of support, whether monthly child support or for medical care, and visitation rights are separate rights that do not affect each other. If the terms of your custody order grant you visitation or custody over Christmas, then the mother has an obligation to permit travel consistent with the terms of the order regardless of the medical bill. I would recommend having an attorney review the terms of the custody order to help you understand exactly what your rights are.
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