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How does child support collections in FL work?

In the State of Florida, the Child Support Program has been administered by the Florida Department of Revenue since 1994. The departmental staff oversees support services for all aspects of the program in most counties. Currently there are only two counties that do not fall under the department's jurisdiction; Miami-Dade and Manatee Counties. In the case of Miami-Dade and Manatee County's, the State Attorney's Office and the Manatee County Clerk of Court oversee the child support services for the respective counties.

When it comes to the actual collection of child support payments and the enforcement of child support obligations, it can take a lot of effort. Many times it takes the Federal government and the Florida Court System working in conjunction with employers, financial institutions and local law enforcement to ensure that parents who owe child support payments fulfil their legal obligations and honor their financial commitments to their children and their children's custodians.

If court ordered payments are not made and the payer does not contact the Child Support Program office to negotiate a timetable, then steps will be initiated to enforce the child support payment order and collect the money that is owed on behalf of the custodial parent. One method that can be used to collect an outstanding child support payment is income withholding. A notice of outstanding child support payment is sent to the payer's employer along with a withholding notice that compels the employer to withhold a portion of the payer's wage from their income payment.

The withheld portion is then sent directly to the Child Support Program office. Without the child support payer's intervention, the office then sees that the delinquent payment is sent to the custodial parent. Unpaid child support can also result in having the delinquent payer's driver's license revoked, as well as the possible suspension of any business, professional, or recreational licenses that the delinquent payer may hold.

Source: Florida Department of Revenue, "About the Child Support Program", accessed September 15, 2014

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