Q: Is there a connection between payment of child support and visitation?
A: No. Paying child support and visitation are separate legal rights and obligations. A custodial parent cannot deny visitation because the noncustodial parent is not paying child support. A noncustodial parent cannot stop making payments because he/she is being denied visitation.
Q: What happens to my child support order if the noncustodial parent is in prison?
A: The child support order continues to be in effect while the noncustodial parent is in prison. Any payments not made while the parent is in prison will be added to the total amount of child support owed. If an inmate seeks to modify their order, Connecticut law requires that the inmate’s present income be used to determine the child support order.