Among the family law issues that can come up after a divorce are enforcement issues. For example, allegations may arise that one of the parties to the divorce has failed to make payments required under a court order. This could include accusations of failing to make child support payments.
There are various child support enforcement tools that courts and the state have access to here in Florida. Among the enforcement actions that a failure to pay child support can expose a person to in the state are:
- Withholding of wages.
- Seizure of various assets and income sources, including tax refunds, lottery winnings, workers' comp payments, reemployment benefits and bank accounts.
- Liens being placed on their vehicles.
- The failure to pay child support being put their on credit report, which could harm their credit score.
- License suspensions (this can include driver, recreational, professional and business licenses).
- Being barred from getting a passport renewal.
- Prison/jail time.
These sorts of actions can have major impacts on the parent they are taken against and the overall child support situation involving that parent. So, whether a divorced parent has been subjected to a failure to pay child support by their ex-spouse or is being accused of missing child support payments, what happens when it comes to child support enforcement issues that come up can matter greatly for them. Skilled child support attorneys can advise parents here in Florida on what particular rights and options they have when enforcement issues related to child support arise.
Sources: Florida Department of Revenue, "Enforcement of Child Support Orders," Accessed March 22, 2017
FindLaw, "Child Support Enforcement in Florida," Accessed March 22, 2017