What methods does Florida employ to enforce support obligations?

Being a non-custodial parent who is having difficulties keeping up with child support obligations can be extremely stressful and discouraging. Often it is not a lack of desire that prevents a parent from making timely payments, but rather a lack of funds. Making ends meet can be a challenge in the best of circumstances, but it can be especially hard if you have a chunk of your income dedicated to child support.

All too often, delinquent parents succumb to the temptation of ceasing payments altogether. But doing this is a mistake. The fact is, if you have been ordered by the court to make payments, then you are legally required to do so. And the Child Support Program of Florida can take measures that could profoundly impact your life in order to get the money owed to the child's other parent.

For example, the state could act to have your wages garnished. This is an extremely common way of securing payments. So much so that this is the method used for collecting more than half of all support money owed.

A more extreme step that the Child Support Program could initiate is the suspension of government-issued documents such as driver licenses, vessel or vehicle registrations, passports and professional licenses. Clearly, having your driving or other privileges revoked could place a tremendous strain on you both personally and professionally.

It is even possible that you could be arrested and issued a jail sentence for failure to pay child support. Therefore, if you are in a bind due to delinquent child support payments, you may wish to meet with a Florida family law attorney. An experienced attorney can help you work toward settling the dispute in the manner that best benefits both you and your child. It may also be possible to have the amount you are paying modified to a level that is more appropriate to your financial circumstances.

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