After a little more asking, it was discovered that it really was not the non-payment of the medical bill that upset him so much but that Mother had a new man in her life and was buying a house with him. "If she can afford a new house, she should be able to afford to pay for this bill from three months ago!" It was also discovered that she HAD paid the bill, but Father had forgotten until she showed him the cancelled check.
Let us assume though, that Mother had not paid a bill. Let's even assume she was a year behind on child support payments or even two years behind on child support. Can the owed parent refused to allow the non-paying parent to see the child?
(a) Add new rules and conditions, which are consistent with the court's previous order. In doing so, the court will essentially be setting out how the previous order is made to work. The court has to keep the issues of child support and parenting time separate and is not allowed to condition child support upon parenting time, or vice versa;
(b) Reconsider the best interests of the child and if this produces a change in parenting time, change the order;
(c) Require the person not complying with the parenting time to pay money to be held by the court in the event a further breach of the order occurs. The money or part of it would be released to the parent denied time;
(d) Require that makeup parenting time be provided for the wronged parent or children under the following conditions:
(i) That such parenting time is of the same type and length of parenting time as that denied, including parenting time during weekends, holidays, weekdays and during the summer;
(ii) That such parenting time is made up within six months after the noncompliance occurs if possible, but not later than one year;
(iii) That such parenting time is at the time and in the manner chosen by the wronged parent if it is in the best interests of the children;
(e) Find the parent who did not comply with the parenting time schedule in contempt of court and impose a fine or jail sentence;
(f) Schedule a hearing for modification of parental responsibilities if a motion for custody has been filed; or
(g) Make any other order that may promote the best interests of the children involved.
The court can also order the non-complying parent to pay:
* actual expenses, including attorney fees,
* court costs, and
* expenses incurred by the wronged parent because of the non-complying parent's failure to provide or exercise court-ordered parenting time. This might include child care expenses incurred because the other parent was not available when expected.
(h) The court can order meditation so both parents can talk and find out what is getting in the way of following the parenting time agreement.