My boyfriend lives in maine. Has a son I'm arizona. Has paid support for his whole life and he is 11. Mother will not allow them to talk, recently was court ordered that they do. Now Arizona is saying to him.that the 11 year old doesn t want to talk to him.so they can't do anything about it. They say they can't force him to talk to him. But they can force the father to pay child support when he can't have even phone calls with his son? Why is the mother able to control this. She is the one that doesn't want him to talk to him. And recently she had a mental breakdown and was hospitalized and then the next thing we know she is back living with the kids that she said she molested. The state is saying it wasn't true and she just said that. This is crazy . He should be able to terminate his rights to a kid that doesn't want anything to do with him.
He could terminate his rights but it doesn’t terminate child support. Unfortunately, the fact that he’s not exercising any parenting time is a significant factor in the amount of the child support obligation.
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Child custody and child support are separate considerations. Arizona's public policy is that parents are financially responsible for their children.
If she is not allowing contact, there are options, including enforcement or a therapeutic intervention.
And just because DCS chose not to act does not mean that a family court would choose to do the same. The standard for the state removing a child from a home is far higher than the standards for awarding custody.
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I would only add that if your boyfriend moved to Arizona, it would be easier for him to have a relationship with his son.
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