Whether you are the culprit or if it is being done to you, withholding a child’s time from their parent just because that parent is behind in child support payments is wrong. It may be anger-inducing, but you cannot take matters into your own hands concerning court-ordered actions. By withholding parenting time, you are setting yourself up to be seen in poor standing by the Illinois court. Not paying child support can see you being held in contempt by the court with the possibility of seeing interest added to your owed payments.
The laws governing parenting time and child support can be complex. As such, it is important to include an attorney in your decisions so that they may help you steer clear of legal troubles down the line.
Withholding Parenting Time
Withholding or denying a parent’s right to visitation with their child is considered visitation interference, which is unlawful in the state of Illinois. It does not matter the reason; by violating a court order, you are placing yourself in the crosshairs of the law. A first and second visitation interference offense is guilty of a petty offense. However, continued denial of parenting time becomes a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor carries a possible sentence of up to one year in prison along with a maximum fine of up to $2,500.