As with any issue involving children, I will recommend you try to negotiate a visitation agreement with your child's other parent — an agreement that is practical, flexible, and encourages cooperation. I am an experienced trial lawyer, however, and am always ready to go to court to protect my client's interests.
Visitation and Child Support
The terms of your child custody and visitation order not only dictate what time you spend with your child but are taken into consideration in the calculation of child support payments. If the non-custodial parent has the child for more than the standard 120 nights a year, the court will decrease the monthly child support payment significantly, a matter that should be given careful consideration during negotiations.
A custodial parent cannot withhold visitation for non-payment of child support, and the paying parent cannot withhold payment if the custodial parent is refusing to honor the court's order regarding visitation.