It is Florida law that every child has the right to financial support from both parents until the age of 18. The Department of Revenue is the state agency responsible for the Florida’s Child Support Enforcement Program and works with the courts, law enforcement, other Florida agencies and all other states to enforce support orders.
Failure to pay child support can have very serious consequences. If a parent doesn’t fulfill court-ordered child support, the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program can take a number of steps to enforce those orders by:
- Suspending the offender’s license (driving, business, professional, fishing)
- Freezing financial accounts
- Issuing an income deduction order to withhold child support payments from the offender’s paychecks or wages
- Intercepting money (tax refunds, lottery winnings, unemployment benefits, etc.)
- Reporting the obligation on the offender’s credit report
- Placing a lien against property
- Denying a passport
- Arresting the offending parent and incarcerated until the past-due amount is paid.
Florida’s child support laws can be complex. The Law offices of D’Lugo and DeFlora have extensive experience with child support related issues, including imputation of income when the other party does not work and has the ability and opportunity to work, when one party quits a job, if a party has an actual or perceived disability, when a party has a new child of a different relationship, a disabled child, and when a party is deliberately under-employed to avoid paying support.
Call us to schedule a consultation at 407.870.5551 or online at www.kissimmeefamilylaw.com.