Can Supervised Visitation monthly fees be construed as child support?

Asked about 1 year ago - Houston, TX

In Texas visitation cannot be conditional to the payment of child support. Obviously, because a noncustodial parent should not be barred from seeing his child if he falls behind on his payments. He could be barred for months depending on his arrearages.

What if a noncustodial parent falls behind on Supervised Visitation monthly fees, and thus does not get to visit his child because excessive outstanding fees barrs participation at the Visitation center. Isn't that like barred visitation because of unpaid "child support"? What's the statutory definition of child support?

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  1. Brian Douglas Walters

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    Answered . No.

    Child support is what is called "child support" in any order.

    This information is not legal advice and does not form an attorney-client relationship.
  2. Leigh Vance De La Reza

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    Answered . Child support is money that goes to help financially support the child. Supervised visitation fees are fees spent to support the facility that is having to provide a place to watch the child and the parent, plus a supervisor, etc. So you can't look at the money spent on supervision as child support. It literally does nothing to support the child.

    If the supervised visitation is too expensive, then perhaps try to find a place that has a sliding scale, or see if the court may agree to a mutual friend or relative supervising.

  3. Michael Glynn Busby Jr.

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    Answered . No, that is not child support. You are going down rabbit trails

  4. Christopher Daniel Leroi

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    Answered . Absolutely not.

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