Failing to pay child support can cause legal issues

Child support is rarely an easy issue to resolve among divorced or divorcing couples, especially depending on the custody agreement. If one parent spends significantly more time with the child, that parent may feel that they are entitled to more child support than they receive. Likewise, depending on the other parent's income or lifestyle, they may feel that they are being asked to pay too much in child support.

If a child support arrangement truly is unfair to one party, then motions can be made to modify the payments. However, it is important to remember that simply refusing to pay child support is never the right option. Not only will the intended recipient of the child support be lacking in funds desperately needed to support the caregiving of the child, but the parent who should be paying the child support will likely be subjected to legal penalties.

Florida is very clear when it comes to child support enforcement. A parent who is found to be willfully failing to pay child support can have their driver's license suspended or bank accounts seized. In addition to hefty fines, they may also face time in prison depending on the circumstances, which is why it is never recommended that a parent simply chooses not to pay child support.

Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on, you can benefit from legal assistance. If you are not paying child support because your circumstances have changed and you can no longer afford to make the payments, then consulting with an attorney can help you modify the support arrangement to reflect your current conditions. If you are not receiving the child support you deserve, legal assistance can help you take advantage of your rights and bring action to receive the money you deserve.

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