Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I Can't See My Kids So I am Not Going to Pay Support
He promptly replied that he did and that his wife moved to another state about six years ago with the children. He then told me that since she doesn't let him see the kids he refuses to pay her child support.
This is a real tragedy on a couple of levels. First that the mother of these children will not let the kids have a relationship with their father. Unless one or both of the parents is a danger to the child the court wants both parents to be involved.
If you are denying access to the other parent you are doing more harm to your children than you are to your spouse. Using children as a weapon to hurt the other person is cruel and a bit juvenile if you ask me.
The other thing that is really sad and troubling about the above situation is that since mom won't let dad see the kids he refuses to pay support. Again, the only person you are hurting are your own kids. Letting your kids live in poverty just to prove a point is senseless and malicious.
Also it is important to point out that if the court should ever learn that one person is denying visitation to the other person they can and have given custody to the other parent. The court insists that both parents have access to their children.
By denying parental access or to provide for your kids needs is to invite disaster in court. The other thing to keep in mind is what kind of example are you setting for your kids. Do you want them to grow up and mimic this same kind of behavior toward your grandchildren?
Do the right thing. Think of the children's well-being first. Put you kids needs ahead of your petty bickering and your need for revenge. The only one you are really hurting are your kids.
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