Child support is ordered because the Florida judicial system takes the view that both parents should have responsibility for supporting their children. When one parent is ordered to pay the other parent a monthly amount for child support, the money is meant to provide the child with a standard of living that the child deserves. Failing to pay child support is treated very harshly by the state, and there are multiple potential consequences a non-paying parent can face.
When a parent misses child support payments, the state can report the delinquencies to the credit reporting agencies. This means that skipping payments can hurt the parent’s credit, affecting the ability to secure mortgages, obtain loans or find employment.
Parents who owe back child support may also have any tax refunds that are owed to them by the IRS seized to pay towards their debt. Their wages and their bank accounts may be levied. If they are found to be in contempt of the court’s order, they may also have to spend some time in jail.
A parent who is owed back child support may want to consult with a child support attorney for help with filing a motion for contempt. Through this type of motion, the parent can notify the court of the delinquency and the fact that the other parent is acting in violation of the court’s order. This can then subject the parent to various sanctions that are designed to make him or her pay what is owed. If the parent who is subject to the order is legitimately unable to comply, such as an unexpected job loss, an attorney could assist in filing a motion to modify the amount.