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In the state of Florida, child support is enforceable through the court’s power of contempt. If a parent is ordered to pay child support and they have the ability to pay child support and choose not to pay child support, he or she can be held in contempt. Being held in contempt could result in being placed in jail and be given a purge amount. This means that you can be placed in jail until the amount owed is paid in full, and you can then be released from jail. This does not happen very often but can become a reality in some child support enforcement cases.
Through the years, I’ve seen a judge to order a parent to sell every stick of furniture in their home, every piece of jewelry, or other items of value to pay the amount of child support that is owed. If the party does not comply, he or she may be ordered to go to jail.
Paying child support is not an option once it’s been ordered, even if you’re justification for not doing so is because the other parent has denied you access to your child. That would be a whole different enforcement action that you could file against the parent refusing you access to your child. Therefore, do not take the law into your own hands and independently decide that you will not pay child support until you can see your child. Because that is an unlawful action that could land you in jail.
Usually, pay child support enforcement action will result in an income withholding order, commonly referred to as a wage garnishment. In this case, the money for child support will come directly out of the parties check and distributed to the parent who is to receive child support on behalf of the child.
When the party that is ordered to pay child support is either self-employed or gets paid under the table, that is when things can become more difficult and potentially result in jail time.
BEST LAW, PLLC, vigorously represents the rights of individuals who are currently engaged in child support enforcement, custody enforcement, or other family law legal matters.
BEST LAW, PLLC has extensive experience in assisting Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida residents and visitors who require professional Child Support / Custody Enforcement, Divorce and Family Law Attorney legal services.
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