How is child support enforced?

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

If you have divorced or split from your child’s other parent and you were granted custody and your spouse was ordered to pay child support, you might have mixed feelings. You may feel relief or you may feel fairly certain that things will not go as smoothly as they seem. Whatever the case may be, you are protected by an Act put in place in the eighties regarding child support.

In anticipation of these concerns and because parents have continually failed to pay support in the past, the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 was created to provide the receiving parent with assistance from district attorneys. They will serve the other parent papers that summon them to meet with a DA in order to draft a payment plan. These papers threaten jail time if their instructions are ignored.

However, an imposition of jail time is usually a last resort. After all, a parent who is in jail is not going to be earning the wages needed to make timely payments and may have even more difficulty with minimum payments once released. Other consequences that may be imposed against the parent are:

  • Wage garnishment.
  • Property seizure.
  • Federal tax refund withholding and repurposing toward outstanding debt.
  • Occupational license suspension.
  • Driver’s license revocation.
  • Business license suspension.

If you need assistance in actually receiving the support you were promised, you may benefit from the help of a Florida attorney who is well–practiced in child support issues and who knows the best tactics to employ to yield positive financial results.