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Failure to pay Florida Child Support Comes with Consequences

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

As Broward County readers may know, failing to pay court-ordered child support can lead to many penalties -- some of them criminal.

A Florida court recently ordered that Scott Storch, multiplatinum music producer, be arrested for failing to pay child support. The producer's attorney released a statement indicating that the child support debt would soon be paid in full.

failure to appear during his court date, the presiding judge issued an arrest warrant for the producer. Storch's lawyer believes that the arrest warrant will be set aside once the debt is satisfied.

In most states, children are eligible for support from birth until age 18, regardless of the marital status of the child's parents. The terms of the child support due are laid out in a child support order issued by the court. This child support order provides the basis upon which a child support enforcement or collection action can be initiated if the obligated parent fails to pay. An "order" is generally a command from the court requiring a particular action.

A child support order identifies the parties to the agreement, the amount of monthly child support, the method of payment and penalties for failure to pay. Punishments for failure to pay can include wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, seizure of property, the imposition of fines, license suspension or even jail time -- which is the consequence for being in contempt of court.

The hope is that Storch will be able to follow through on his plan to pay his debt this week and make forthcoming payments on time. In speaking about his child support issues, Storch fully recognizes that a series of bad choices led him into financial trouble and failure to be an active participant in his daughter's life. Now, Storch looks to take action and be a more responsive parent.

Source: MTV News, "Scott Storch Intends To Pay Child-Support Debt This Week," Rob Markman, Oct. 15, 2012

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