Q: I have 3 children and they use to live with me, but now they live with there father in Sumter South Carolina,
I haven't seen or heard from them in three years, but I will be paying child support for a 12, 16, and a 17 year old,. How can I get visitation for my kids when I pay support for my children?
A: You will need to file a cross-application requesting parenting time. In your papers, you should try to address how to overcome the obstacles that your absence from the children's lives for three years will certainly bring to your ability to reconnect and effectively parent them. You should also propose a parenting plan that you believe will serve the best interests of the children. I am not clear from your question as to the correct Court where you will be making these requests. You should schedule a consultation with a qualified family law attorney. He/she can review any prior orders, the facts and circumstances of your case, and the papers that have presumably been filed for child support with you to try to guide you in a way that protects your legal interests.
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