Parents have a duty to provide for their children’s basic needs. Typically, the noncustodial parent, or the parent not living with the child, will pay money to the custodial parent to help support the child. Getting a child support order will happen during your divorce, or if you had a child out of wedlock, legal paternity will need to be determined.
In Florida, you can establish paternity in a number of ways, such as:
- The Father can acknowledge paternity
- An administravtive order after genetic testing
Obtaining Child Support Orders
Laura can help you establish a Child Support Order in each of the above situations. Child Support is not a legal obligation until you have a Court Order. Child Support is largely dependant on the state’s guidelines. After providing some financial information, Laura can give you a good idea of what the monthly Child Support amount will be. For an estimate of what that amount may be, you can use a child support calculator.
Enforcing Child Support Orders
There are a number of resources the state uses to enforce child support orders such as suspending the non-paying, parent’s drivers license, hunting license, fishing license, etc. Commonly, an income deduction order is placed, allowing the other parent’s employer to send the child support payment directly to the custodial parent. The state may also intercept money from tax refunds, lottery winnings, unemployment benefits, and insurance settlements. When all else fails, the non-paying parent may be arrested.
Contact us today for help with your Child Support needs. You can also book an appointment online!