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Could one shared system help states collect child support?

All states, including Florida, have systems in place for tracking down parents who are behind on making child support payments and methods of trying to get the money they owe to the custodial parents. However, states have still struggled with keeping their systems current as technology has advanced.

Custody and support considerations for special needs children

Rearing a child with special needs can be difficult for parents. It's not uncommon for them to feel guilt about their children's conditions, no matter how misplaced that guilt may be. Parents often blame themselves or their child's other parent for any disabilities. Many times, one parent (often the mother) bears the brunt of the extra care required for the disabled child.

What factors will cause a deviation in child support amounts?

Your child's other parent doesn't really receive the child support for his or her own use -- it actually belongs to the child. That's why both incomes are taken into consideration when determining the amount due to the child -- because the court wants to minimize the financial impact of the divorce on the child, not the adults.

Jurisdictions provide extra help for child support payers

Parents who have been ordered to pay child support often face legal consequences if they do not provide the court-ordered money. In some cases, though, jurisdictions are trying to avoid jail time for unpaid child support. Instead, enforcement officials are trying a compassionate approach to help parents who need a hand with their child support requirements.

What is the role of the state in child support enforcement?

Did you know that you can seek help from the state for collecting your child support? Florida officials maintain a variety of resources for those who need assistance with various structural elements of child support. Instead of continuing to worry about your financial status, why not rely on the state to help you recover the funds you need to pay the bills?

Man faces additional charges after fleeing child support payments

Failing to pay your financial obligations in Florida can have serious consequences - especially if you are considered delinquent in your court-related payments. One man found this out first-hand as he was fleeing child support enforcement. After he ran from officers who were attempting to serve a warrant related to his child support, he is facing additional charges of resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.

How can someone be forced to pay child support?

Theoretically, if your ex was ordered to pay you child support, it means you'll get monthly help buying things for your child and paying bills that relate to him or her. While this money shouldn't be used as your own income, it does help to stretch what you earn a lot farther because you only have to cover half of the costs on your own.

What Florida officials can do if child support isn't paid

Child support isn't always paid on time, and sometimes it's not paid at all. If you're supposed to be receiving it, this can be infuriating. The other parent is legally obligated to pay and you need that money; after all, the cost of raising a child doesn't go down just because you're not being properly supported.

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