Florida custodial parents may be interested in how the law can help them to enforce a child support order for their children. In many cases, certain actions can be taken to punish the parent who is in arrears. After a child support order is approved by a court, the power of the court can be used to enforce it if the required payments are not made. In Florida, there is a specific procedure to follow in cases where there are delinquent payments. First, the payee parent should alert the state child support office in their area. The child support office will then use the Department of Revenue to persuade the other party to make their payments.
After a divorce involving children or when an unmarried couple has a child from their relationship, typically one parent is a custodial parent and the other is the non-custodial parent. The non-custodial parent is obligated to pay monthly child support to the custodial parent, and, depending on the circumstances, may have visitation rights to see the child.
In a divorce, separation or split-up with children, the custodial parent is entitled to child support from the non-custodial parent. Child support guidelines vary from state to state. Despite the law and guidelines, non-payment or underpayment of child support is on the rise. The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement estimated that nationwide more than $100 billion is owed to custodial parents and recent U.S. Census Bureau data reports that only 40 percent of custodial parents actually receive all the child support monies they are due.
Multiplatinum producer Scott Storch, who has produced hits by 50 Cent and Chris Brown, reportedly owes over $28,000 in child support to the mother his child. A Florida court issued a warrant for his arrest in his child support case after he failed to appear in court for a scheduled hearing. His attorney has indicated that Storch's child support arrears will be cleared within a week. The once highly successful multiplatinum producer has been plagued by drug-related and financial woes in recent times.
Military servicemen and women returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan after single or repeat deployments are routinely facing some challenging issues. Child custody and support issues, unfortunately, are among them. Typically, these personnel leave behind families with small children or expectant wives to serve our country abroad. Upon their return some have found that their spouse has left the state and refuses to let them see the child.
It is important to understand child custody and child support in Florida and to have a legal advocate by your side during those determinations, so that you are not being taken advantage of by your spouse. In the event your finances change after the divorce, an attorney can also help you request a modification of a child support order with a court. Unfortunately, the man in today's posting utilized neither of those options.