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State disbursement units and child support

If Florida parents who have gone through a divorce have received a formal child support order, this may mean that payments will go through the state disbursement unit. Payments are collected from the non-custodial parent's employer, and the SDU then has two business days in which to disburse the payments to the custodial parent unless there are arrears that are in dispute.

If the custodial parent also receives welfare payments in the form of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the SDU has the option of reimbursing the state and federal government for these payments. However, studies have shown that more generous polices regarding pass-through result in more money being paid to custodial parents, fewer fathers working in the underground economy, more financial stability for parents and a smoother transfer to work from welfare.

However, regardless of how the state handles child support and TANF, if a family receives TANF, it has to turn over their right to child support to the state. Most SDU processes are automated, and the agency also provides records of payments to parents and to the court.

A parent who is getting a divorce might want to work with a Venice, Florida child support attorney. A parent might be concerned about receiving or paying child support. Child support is generally income-based, but if a parent has a change in income and can no longer keep up with child support payments, that parent can apply to the court for a modification of income based on a change in circumstances. If a parent is struggling to collect child support from the other parent, local, state or federal child support agencies may be able to help. The custodial parent is not permitted to deny visitation on the grounds that child support is unpaid, but the other parent's wages may be garnished.

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