The Florida Department of Revenue plays a big role in ensuring that child support obligations are fulfilled pursuant to their specific terms. If a paying parent fails to comply with the terms of their support obligation, they may be subjected to an array of enforcement methods by the state agency. This post will discuss only a few of the methods the Florida Department of Revenue may employ to see that children receive the financial assistance they need from their noncustodial parents.
The failure to pay one’s child support obligation may first be met with a straightforward late payment notice. The notice is intended to provide the parent with notice of their delinquency. In some cases, a parent may be able to quickly remedy the problem and avoid further enforcement techniques.
If a late payment notice is insufficient to bring a parent into compliance, the state may begin withholding funds from the paying parent’s income. The parent’s employer is obligated to send the withholdings directly to the state so that they may be distributed to the child or children for whom the support obligation was created.
If a parent is not employed or the state is unable to initiate income withholdings, then the state may move to suspend the parent’s professional licenses, driver’s license or even recreational licenses. These government-issued documents can be reinstated if the parent comes into compliance on their child support payments.
Liens, garnishments and reports to credit bureaus may be further actions taken by the state to compel parents to pay their child support responsibilities. It can be hard on a custodial parent to make sure that proper enforcement methods are being undertaken to get their kids the child support they need; attorneys who provide family law counseling and legal services are well-suited to assist custodial parents in this important capacity.