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Enforcement for delinquent child support payments

When there is an order for a parent to pay child support in Florida, it must be adhered to. Unfortunately, some parents do not make the payments when they are supposed to or fail to pay the full amount. Delinquent payments for child support is serious. The idea behind child support is to serve the best interests of the child. This is compromised when it is not done. When there is a failure to pay child support, the state will take certain actions to compel the parent to pay or to collect what is owed in other ways.

It is possible for there to be a suspension of certain licenses and documents. A driver's license, a professional license, vehicle registrations, passports, and hunting and fishing licenses can be suspended until the child support is paid. Another tactic that can be used is to intercept money that the supporting parent is owed from other sources. Insurance settlements, a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service, property that has been liquidated and was unclaimed, lottery winning, workers' compensation and more can be taken.

For people who have a job, payroll deduction is a highly effective strategy to collect child support. There will be a notice that wages will be withheld and the employer will make the payments for the employee who owes child support. This is the method used for collecting delinquent child support more than 50 percent of the time. There can be a court action and can result in full or partial payment of the past-due support or a finding that the supporting parent is in contempt. Bank accounts can be levied to take what is owed directly from the account. Credit problems can ensue for a person who is delinquent in child support payments as it can be reported to credit agencies. Finally, liens can be placed on property such as a home, a car, a boat and more.

It is preferable that a parent pays the child support in full and on time, but that does not always happen. Custodial parents who are confronted with a delinquent supporting parent need to be aware of the strategies that can be used to get what is owed. Speaking to an attorney experienced in child support can help.

Source: floridarevenue.com, "Department of Revenue Child Support Program -- Services, pages 13-18," accessed on April 11, 2017

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