Enforcing Child Support
Regardless of which avenue you choose, keep in mind you can't get blood out of a turnip. So if your spouse simply refuses to pay child support no matter what ORS or the court does, you may just be out of luck. The state can only do so much to impose their will on an individual, and there is a lot it can to, but it still can't force someone to do something they don't want to do. You would think the threat of jail time would make someone pay child support, but unfortunately that's just not always the case.
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So as you can see, visitation is much easier to enforce than child support, so if you attempt to withhold parent-time because your ex is not paying child support, he or she will likely be able to enforce it anyway, and when/if you end up in front of a judge, you could both be held in contempt for violating the court order.
Practical reasons to not withhold parent-time
MONEY ISSUES: it could be your ex is really having money issues. Maybe he/she lost their job, maybe his/her hours were reduced. It's possible that your ex is having legitimate financial problems and is simply unable to pay child support. This is more often than not the case when that parent is still actively involved in the kids' lives and trying to stay on good terms with you. Most "deadbeats" that are purposely trying to avoid child support are not trying too hard to exercise parent-time either. If it is a financial problem, neither the courts nor ORS would have any ability to help much, so its best to just be patient and sensitive to the issue, try working with your ex to solve the problem. In my experience doing so will keep the problem from magnifying and in the end, the ex is more willing to get current as soon as possible.
BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN: withholding parent-time is seldom in the best interest of the children. So even if you're frustrated about the lack of child support, try to keep your kids best interests in mind. Put aside your own frustrations and do what is right for the kids. In the end this kind of selflessness is going to benefit you and your kids.
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