Child Support Enforcement Consequences are Serious

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

As most parents are aware, a child support order establishes the legal obligation of a parent to make child support payments. Child support orders commonly include details related to the amount of child support owed and the frequency by which it must be paid. While child support orders generally include basic information related to how child support is paid, orders are also specific to the parties.

Florida helps to enforce child support orders and collect child support payments that are owed. If child support is not timely paid, there are a number of consequences which serve as methods of child support enforcement. The state may send parents who fail to timely make child support payments late payment notices and may report the non-payment through the credit reporting process. The state may also engage in income withholding, wage garnishment or intercept federal income tax refund monies or workers' compensation benefits.

In addition, consequences for failure to pay required child support can include a driver's license suspension, suspension of a business or professional license or passport denial. The state may also place liens on personal property and may collect medical expenses for a child which are not covered by insurance. Additional consequences and penalties are also possible for failure to pay child support.

Child support and a failure to pay child support are both taken seriously. The Child Support Enforcement Bureau pursues child support cases for the Department of Revenue in Florida. Parents who are faced with difficulty meeting existing child support obligations may wish to promptly examine options for relief, which may, in some circumstances, include a child support modification.

Source: Florida Department of Revenue, "Enforcement of Child Support Orders," Accessed March 9, 2015

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