New bill would remove visitation rights due to nonpayment of child support

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee house bill proposes stripping visitation rights from parents who are three years or more behind on child support payments.

“My hope with this factor being part of this that it would put child support as a priority to be paid instead of paying off your phone, paying off your cable bill, paying off whatever is out there,” said Rep. Johnny Garrett

Lawmakers considered shortening the three-year stipulation.

“We want to make sure that those who are bringing children into this world are financially supporting the child. When you look at the adults committing crimes, the juveniles committing crimes, there’s a common denominator, and that was the father or a parent was not present,” said Rep. Antonio Parkinson.

People in the community also weighed in on the hot button issue.

“I think that it’s your child, and you should have access to see your child regardless,” said Christian Lopez.

“No, that’s not right. Somebody else gets to tell you something about your kids, a child you had?” said Derwin Fitch.