Failure to pay child support in Florida can be punished

Child support is a hotly contested issue of family law, with both parties rarely feeling that the order is fair. The parent who receives the child support generally feels that they are not being given enough to provide the child with the life they deserve, and the parent who pays the child support often fears that they are giving too much money that is not being devoted to the child, or that they pay too much and see their child too little.

Unfortunately for the parents who rely on child support payments to raise a child, it is not unheard of for individuals to simply stop paying child support. If a parent feels that a child support order is unfair, that parent may attempt not to pay the child support order in full (or even not pay at all) in order to keep some of the finances for themselves. It is important to remember that there are penalties for willfully failing to pay child support. Such penalties in Florida can include fines, suspension of driver's license or even jail time.

Another important distinction to make is the concept of willfully failing to pay child support. If it is determined that an individual is willfully failing to pay child support, meaning that they can pay the child support and are simply choosing not to, then that individual can be punished. However, if an individual is failing to pay child support due to inability, then there are other avenues that could be explored. If circumstances have changed such that an individual is unable to afford the same child support payments that he or she once could, then the support order could be modified to reflect the new circumstances.

The key to keep in mind is that the correct answer is never to take matters into your own hands, simply refusing to pay child support because you feel that it is unfair. There is always a legal option available which can help ensure that you do not receive unnecessary or unfair penalties. If you are having issues of any kind with child support in Florida, it is highly recommended that you meet with an attorney to discuss the aspects of your case.

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