After a divorce, many experts believe it is important for parents to keep in contact with their children. It is also important to continue financially supporting one's children in Florida or in any other state. However, a recently released report has revealed that these two things are not unrelated from one another. The study showed a correlation between a parent's contact with children and the parent's likelihood of making court-ordered child support payments.
The study was released by the U.S. Census Bureau and focuses on data from 2011, regarding child support payments in the United States. The report revealed that there was more than $14 billion in unpaid child support owed by Americans during this year. This accounted for 38 percent of court-ordered child support payments that were not paid during 2011.
However, the report also showed that child support payments are more likely to be up-to-date when the parent without custody has regular contact with the children. Approximately half of the parents with custody who have joint custody arrangements said they received the full amount of court-ordered support payments for their children. On the other hand, when the non-custodial parent has no interaction with their children, the custodial parent received full payment only 30 percent of the time.
Therefore, it may be important to obtain a good joint-custody arrangement during a divorce in order to minimize one's chances of having problems with child support payments in Florida. However, even if this is achieved, there could still be problems with the non-custodial parent not keeping up with payments. In this case, it may be necessary to petition for a modification of child support in order to obtain a more manageable payment arrangement with the other parent.
Source: courthousenews.com, Study Shows Murky State of Child Support in U.S., William Dotinga, Nov. 21, 2013