I'm in Indiana with my child & her Dad is in Tennessee (I think). He hasn't talked to or seen my daughter since December of 2003. He hasn't given me an address, phone #, etc. and thinks that it should just be okay for one of his sisters to drive my daughter 8+ hours one way to see him once a year or so. He also hasn't paid any regular child support payments since 2001 and only a couple of couple hundred dollar payments since then, but stopping that altogether in early 2004. My questions are, do I have to let her go somewhere that I don't have any way of contacting her in case of emergency, and also I've been told that once his backsupport hits the $15,000 mark that a federal warrant will automatically be issued for him - is that true & if so, what happens then?
First, you need to understand that child support and visitation are two completely separate issues. Therefore a judge won't consider the visitation issues in conjunction with child support enforcement. It certainly won't improve the judge's opinion of dad, but that's all.
Its true that Indiana gets very serious about child support enforcement when arrearages get as high as 15,000....however I don't believe that involves a federal warrant....but I am sure that someone will correct me if I am wrong on that.
Basically, yes, dad is required to provide you with full contact information, address, phone numbers etc. In Indiana you would be within your rights to deny visitation if you have not been given that information. Particularly since dad is out of state and therefore outside of the physical jurisdiction of the Indiana courts.
Technically, denying visitation (if there are visitation orders in place) puts you in contempt of court, but the odds of an Indiana judge "dinging" you on that when dad has been awol for a significant amount of time, plus won't provide an address etc., is very slim.
How old is your child? That will make a difference in what might eventually happen in court.