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Penalties for Failure to pay Child Support can be Serious

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

It has been nearly two decades since the 1996 federal welfare reform bill required states to restrict or suspend driver's license privileges for those who fell behind on child support payments. Driver's license revocation is now used throughout the country as a penalty for failure to pay child support. Some are now questioning the wisdom of this policy and whether it creates an economic barrier for those who are struggling to make their payments and are not a threat to safety on the roadway to begin with. In the meantime, however, restriction, suspension or revocation of driver's license privileges for failure to pay child support remains a reality and a possibility for Florida parents who fail to pay.

Failure to pay child support can lead to serious penalties, including wage garnishment, tax refunds being withheld, the denial of a passport, driver's license suspension and even jail time. Governments are authorized to help collect child support so it is best for parents to either make child support payments on time or seek help if the paying parent is struggling to make child support payments.

While options exist for enforcement of child support agreements, options also exist for paying parents to seek a child support modification when circumstances warrant one. Either changes in the circumstances of the parent, or circumstances of the child, can lead to a request for a child support modification and either parent can request one.

There are many options for child support enforcement. It is best for parents not to fall into a delinquent payments situation. Help is available for both a parent seeking to enforce a child support order, as well as a parent seeking to modify monthly payment amounts. An experienced family law attorney can offer assistance to those facing either circumstance.

Source: Newsandtribune.com, "HAYDEN: Do driving penalties fit the crimes?" Maureen Hayden, Sept. 22, 2013

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