In family law, child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child following the end of a marriage. Child support is generally ordered by a court of law.
Therefore, when a parent does not meet the obligation to make Florida Child Support payments, they face serious consequences including jail time.
Since child support is a court order, a parent who fails to make their payments will be found in contempt of court and will be ordered to appear in court for the contempt charge by written notice.
Should they fail to appear before the court, a bench warrant will then be issued for their arrest.
However, a parent who appears in court can still be arrested if they can’t reasonably justify why they failed to make their child support payments.
Some Judges won’t outright throw a parent in jail for missing a few child support payments.
They might seize assets, tax refunds, suspend driver’s licenses, or order wage garnishment of the parent’s wages.
A Judge can ultimately decide on any actions that will ensure payment of the child support.
If you are a parent who has not received child support obligations due, you can be proactive by hiring an attorney to help you enforce child support orders.
There are many factors that can make a separation more difficult. Especially, when children are involved. You don’t want to be caught off guard when something simple turns into a battle in court. Protect your interest with an experienced Attorney at your side who will guard and assert your rights.