Florida non-custodial parents who owe child support may still be required to pay past-due amounts even after the time period set forth in the order has ended. They will be considered in arrears until they have paid the full amount owed even if their child has turned 18 or has otherwise passed the age specified in the court order. In most cases, declaring bankruptcy does not put an end to child support obligations.
A parent who is attempting to collect court-ordered child support may ask the state for assistance in pursuing that support. Methods the state might use include putting liens on the delinquent parent's property, taking their driver's license and garnishing their bank account. The federal government can also attempt to enforce the order through the interception of income tax refunds or the denial of a passport issuance or renewal.
Parents who are struggling to collect child support when the time for payments has come to an end, may want to talk to an attorney about their options. It may be necessary to renew the child support order in court before the statute of limitations has expired.
Child support, child custody and visitation may be among the most stressful elements of divorce that must be negotiated. Parents may struggle with their feelings about their ex-spouse, their desire to spend more time with their children and the knowledge that the children should have time with both parents despite the conflicts that exist between the parents. They might want to try to work with their respective child support attorneys in order to put together a parenting agreement that covers custody and visitation as well as issues that will arise during co-parenting. This could include big issues like health care, schooling and religion and smaller ones like bedtimes and extracurricular activities.