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Parent misses child support payments, loses driver's license

Florida parents who are owed monthly child support payments understand that receiving payments can be the difference between financial security and financial stress. Child support payments help to alleviate the costs of raising a child. While child support payments may be ordered by a court, a parent may not always follow through. Missed or ignored payments can cause emotional and financial tolls on a parent with custody.

Recently, a struggling Florida parent was having a hard time getting the father of her child to make child support payments. She described the payments as sporadic and opted to call the Department of Revenue in an attempt to collect. The department took action and suspended the man's driver's license. One month later, the license was reinstated after the father made a payment in the amount of $132. As a result of the agency's action, the father has been recently making payments regularly.

While there are numerous ways to enforce child support payments, the suspension of a driver's license can sometime get a delinquent parent's attention. If a valid child support order exists, a district attorney can work on behalf of the custodial parent and attempt to make a payment arrangement. Typically, if the other parent fails to abide by the arrangement, there are a number of penalties that can be imposed.

In addition to a driver's license, occupational and business licenses can be suspended. Moreover, property can be seized, wages can be garnished and tax refunds can be withheld from a delinquent parent.

The failure to pay child support can leave one parent shouldering the majority of the financial responsibility. While delinquent payments add up financially, they can also take an emotional toll. An attorney can review the case and create a feasible solution to help get payments made to relieve some of the financial strain.

Source: ABC Action News, "How Florida gets missed child support payments," Jackie Callaway, Jan. 17, 2013

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