Child support and custody/visitation are separate issues. The court could decide that one may be granted without the other. The court order for child support is guided by strict rules and computation according to the needs of the child based on a State-wide Uniform Guideline (Family Code § 4050 et seq.), or it could be based on an agreement between the parents which the court has the authority to approve (Fam. C. § 3585); while visitation or custody would either be granted or not based on the child’s best interest [Fam. C. §§ 3100, 3040(c)].

Child support, visitation, and custody issues could be complex and would require a lot of understanding in order for one to know what the best thing to do is. In such cases, working with an attorney who is an expert in family law could ensure that the best interest of the child is upheld.