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Family Law Resources may Help with Child Support Frustrations

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Divorce on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Recent reports in the Florida news media have highlighted complaints that the state's child support system is not processing child support payments in a timely manner. Critics say that Florida's Department of Revenue, which handles child support, has been slow in receiving incoming payments and then depositing them in recipients' bank accounts through direct deposit.

One mother told the news media that it normally only takes the DOR a couple days to process the payments from her ex-husband and deposit them into her bank account, but that recently it has been taking more than two weeks. She said she depends upon her monthly payment of $682 in order to make ends meet while taking care of her child.

The DOR would not publicly comment on the woman's complaints and would not comment on whether other parents have been affected.

According to a DOR representative, the agency has 682,256 open cases and has collected 78 percent of support due. The most common type of complaint the department says it receives is from receiving parents who say that the paying parent is not meeting his or her child support obligations. The DOR has the authority to pursue child support enforcement on behalf of recipient parents.

Failure to pay child support can lead to significant consequences, including driver's license suspension, occupation license suspension, the denial of a passport, wage garnishment and liens on property. Because of the serious nature of adhering to a child support order, it is oftentimes better for parents struggling with child support payments to seek a child support modification than to simply fail to pay their monthly payments. Child support modifications can be requested by either party and may be granted in some circumstances.

It can be very important for both paying parents and receiving parents to have the help of family law attorneys when they have difficulties with child support. Those who depend upon child support payments sometimes need help navigating the system and getting help with enforcement of child support orders. Those who are paying child support sometimes find that their financial circumstances have changed and that they can no longer meet the court-ordered obligations. These parents can request a modification, with the help of an attorney.

Source: First Coast News, "Local woman angry over state child support payment delay," Ken Amaro, May 12, 2015

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