Nix Law, P.A.
Nix Law, P.A. Orlando Family Law For Men
Make Your Next Step The Right One
Call 407-674-0849
To speak with attorney Mikaela Nix.
Call or Email Today! email

What happens if my ex spouse does not pay child support?

Single parents in Florida may rely on child support from a former spouse and can take action when he or she has stopped paying. A parent should first contact the local child support office, and a hearing can be filed if a parent does not start paying. A party breaks a court order when able to pay but choosing not to, and a hearing officer can send a recommended punishment to a judge when deciding that one party willingly failed to pay child support.

The consequences for willingly not paying child support may involve jail time, a license suspension, the seizure of bank accounts or an income tax refund or fines. Both parties have time to challenge a recommendation before a judge signs an order. This process can become more complicated when one parent moves out of state, but the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act prevents another state from changing a support order if a parent or child still lives in the state the order was made in.

Parents have an incentive to pay child support because liens can be placed on one's home or a credit score may be hurt when one does not pay. If a parent has a reason for no longer paying child support, he or she should apply to modify an existing support order in court.

Florida uses a statewide formula when determining child support payments, but every case is different and can be influenced by other factors. If a child has special needs regarding health, education or recurring expenses, this might influence the support amount too. Violating a parenting plan or support agreement is serious and can mean one party is in contempt of court. A custodial parent who is owed back support may wish to speak with an attorney about how to proceed.

Source: Findlaw, "Child Support Enforcement in Florida", September 02, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Like Us And Share On Facebook

Watch Our Video

Schedule A Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Nix Law, P.A. Orlando Family Law For Men

Nix Law, P.A.
496 Delaney Avenue
Suite 404
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-674-0849
Fax: 407-429-3890
Orlando Law Office Map

Review Us