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Understanding child support enforcement in Florida

It is the law that any parent who is financially able must provide financial support to their children because it is the right of any child under the age of 18 years to receive financial support from their non-custodial parent in the state of Florida. However, both parents have a responsibility to care for their child.

The governmental agency that is tasked with upholding Florida's Child Support Enforcement Program is the Department of Revenue. Among their many duties they will locate non-custodial parents and establish paternity. They can also request support orders and enforce existing support orders.

The Department's mission statement is to ensure that non-custodial parents pay their full share of their financial support for as many children as possible as quickly as possible.

The Department of Revenue also works in conjunction with the courts and law enforcement as well as numerous other Florida agencies and sometimes the respective analogous agencies from other States to enforce child support orders.

The Department of Revenue can have a non-custodial parent's employer deduct their owed child support payment from their income check. The income deduction order will follow the non-custodial parent if they change jobs or even if they move to a different job which happens to be out of state.

However, it is still the non-custodial parent's responsibility to inform both the court as well as the Child Support Enforcement Program anytime they change jobs without exception. If they fail to do so, all businesses in the U.S. must report any new hires or returning rehires to that state's local child support enforcement agency. All states share this information so that it can be used to track down and locate delinquent non-custodial parents.

Source: Florida Department of Revenue, "Paying Child Support: It's the Law," Child Support Enforcement publication accessed June 15, 2015

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