A Florida parent who owes child support can be faced with financial challenges in the event of being fired or suffering serious health problems. Typically, the support payments don't stop because of these types of situations without the involvement of a court. As unpaid support mounts, it can become overwhelming. In many cases, the parents who tend to be labeled as deadbeats are actually challenged by adverse financial situations that make compliance difficult or impossible.
Some custodial parents refuse to seek a child support order because it could interfere with access to government benefits. In some cases, child support may preclude a parent from receiving benefits, which creates a need to choose between certain benefits and uncertain child support payments.
Some states have found successful means for encouraging parents to comply with their child support orders by recognizing that huge levels of child support debt could inhibit parental efforts to make any payments. Many such parents are judgment-proof. However, officials in Maryland have found that reducing arrears in exchange for participation in employment training has enabled parents to work toward obtaining skills that can be used in the workforce. Additional parenting programs and consistent employment for a year allow as much as 75 percent of the outstanding debt to be erased, which produces better compliance with child support orders later on.
A parent who is frustrated by the amount of support owed might be tempted to ignore the situation and skip the payments. However, this can begin the downward spiral of arrears and wage garnishment. It could helpful to meet with a family law attorney before these issues become overwhelming so that a modification can be sought.