Fort Myers/Naples Child Support Attorney

Methods of Enforcing Child Support

Florida’s Department of Revenue (DOR) is enlisted by many parents seeking to enforce child support orders. The Department of Revenue may use a variety of collection tools to encourage child support payment. Some of the most commonly used tools are:
Income Deduction: Payroll deduction is DOR’s most effective collection tool. When DOR issues an income withholding notice, the employer is required to comply. More than half of all child support collected comes from income withholding notices.
Suspension: Before suspending a driver’s license or other important government document (i.e. hunting license or passport), the DOR will ask the parent to pay support owed.
Judicial Intervention: DOR can refer cases to the court system for judicial intervention. Possible penalties vary depending on past behavior. However, the court may issue a civil arrest order, order full or partial payment of past due support or choose to criminally prosecute the delinquent parent. A criminal prosecution could result in a sentence of jail time up to 179 days.
Liens: Liens against property legally prohibit any sale without satisfaction of the lien. DOR can initiate liens to collect past-due support on cars, boats, mobile homes, and real estate.
It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive and with the exception of income deduction, most of the tools listed above are used to recover past-due support.
For more information on child support enforcement and how we can help you with your case, please Call us  to schedule your FREE initial consultation.
*Disclaimer: This summary was prepared by the Law Office of Guichard St. Surin, P.A. and should be used as a reference only. Interested parties should contact an attorney before drawing legal conclusions.

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