Child support payments are a frequent bone of contention in many divorces. They can also be hard to come up with when the financial circumstances of one of the parents changes. And, it’s a topic that is often one of the primary concerns for both parents during the dissolution process.
However, not paying child support can cause you a great deal of trouble. Failing to pay your child support can have a serious effect on your credit rating and your life in general. If you don’t pay child support in Florida, you can expect one or all of the following to happen.
When Child Support Is Late
If you don’t pay your child support in Florida, you’ll first receive a late payment notice. If you still don’t pay after a period of time specified in the notice, the state will take further action. Your income may be garnished to pay for child support. You may also experience suspension of your driver’s license or your business license, which can make it very hard to earn the money you’ll need to get back on track with your child support payments.
The state may also seize other cash assets coming your way, including your federal tax refunds, any state lottery winnings, and any worker’s compensation benefits to which you may be entitled. If your child support payments are delinquent, it could affect your credit score and keep you from getting a passport. As you can see, even just missing a payment or paying late can cause you and the other parent significant financial problems now, and in the future.
What to Do About Back Child Support
If you owe unpaid child support, or can’t afford to continue paying your child support, you need to speak to a family attorney about modifying your child support order. You can set up a payment plan for unpaid child support, and have your current support order changed to better fit your financial circumstances.
What You Can Do if You Are Owed Child Support
On the other hand, if you are owed child support, you might have options other than just suffering without the necessary funds for your child. Your attorney can assist in making sure the child support order is enforced, and that all measures are taken to get you the support you need. This is one of the reasons it’s important to have the right legal team on your side throughout a divorce.
Contact the Child Support Attorneys of Beller & Bustamante, P.L., Today
Divorces are difficult for everyone involved, but they can become even more challenging if you don’t get the support you need to continue caring for your family. Whether you are concerned about paying child support that you can’t afford or getting the child support that you need to care for your children, it helps to make sure you have an experienced family lawyer on your side.
The attorneys at Beller & Bustamante, P.L., have the knowledge and experience you need on your side. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 904-288-4414 or use our online contact form to set up an appointment.