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How does child support and visitation interrelate?

If a non-custodial parent takes a child for an extended period of time, for example, during summer vacations, does the non-custodial parent still have to pay child support during this time? In general, yes. Courts will require the non-custodial parent to pay the full amount, because visitation is generally factored into custody payments in the first place.

Furthermore, parents do still have to pay child support even if they do not exercise their visitation rights - child support must be paid regardless of how often the non-custodial parent sees the child.