Most Florida residents have a good understanding of their monthly income and expenses. They may track their spending through their online credit card and bank statements, or they may maintain a ledger that informs them of the checks they have written over the course of the last few months. They may hold onto receipts and payment slips until they know that payments have been processed, so that they are prepared to handle any disputes regarding such matters.
However, not all individuals who are responsible for paying alimony or child support are so mindful about this important aspect of their financial well-being. When a person is told that they failed to make full support payments and they do not have records regarding their past payments, they may be in a difficult position to overcome the challenges lodged against them.
At a minimum, the payer of alimony or child support should keep records regarding when their payments were made, from what accounts the payments were processed, receipts of completed child support payment transactions, and the total amount of money each child support transaction included. Individuals who receive support from family law agreements or orders should record when they receive payments, if they are complete, if the checks or payments bounce, and if delinquencies are pending.
The failure to stay current on family law support orders and agreements may subject one to serious enforcement procedures. Having detailed records of one’s payment histories can protect them from claims of delinquencies. Individuals who are behind on their payments, however, may seek legal counsel to help them overcome their alimony or child support deficiencies.