Arguments over child support can cause a rift in the co-parenting relationship for some parents in Florida. When marriages end because of financial issues, those same issues may carry over into the child support arrangement.
This was the case for one man whose marriage ended after he and his wife ran into financial issues. Several years after the divorce, he was in the midst of restructuring his debts as part of a bankruptcy filing in a way that would allow him to keep his home and vehicle. However, when he contacted his wife to say that his child support payments would be late, she turned to the court system. As a result, the man was unable to restructure his debts and lost his home. Later, because of his poor credit, he was not able to get a vehicle to replace one that had been totaled.
These issues can be difficult to resolve because, often, both parents think they are doing the best thing. In this case, the woman turned to a legal remedy because she believed it was best for the children. On the other hand, some of the methods used to compel a parent to pay child support can actually affect that his or her ability to earn income.
However, it is important for parents to keep in mind that a court considers their responsibility to support biological children. Furthermore, a custodial parent and his or her children may struggle financially without the other person's assistance. Parents who cannot keep up their child support obligations can apply for a modification if there has been a change in circumstances, such as a drop in income. A Venice, Florida, child support attorney may help someone do this sooner rather than later to get the process underway and avoid accumulating back child support.