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Payroll and child support in Florida

According to the commissioner of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, almost two-thirds of child support collections are conducted via electronic portals, and the agency is hoping to improve on these efforts. However, before the program is expanded, there has to be proof that such efforts would actually result in the office becoming more efficient.

Steps for collecting child support from parent hiding income

In Florida and elsewhere, child support law uses the income of parents to determine how much they should pay. To manipulate this system and avoid paying child support, some people voluntarily impoverish themselves. Voluntary impoverishment involves avoiding work or lying on tax returns about income. A person might also purposefully be underemployed instead of taking advantage of available full-time positions.

Divorce and saving for college

Being able to send children to the college of their choice is a concern for many Florida parents. Unfortunately, this goal can be even more difficult if parents are getting a divorce and facing new financial obstacles. With careful planning, however, divorcing parents can make sure that they will be able to afford their children's college tuition expenses.

Federal child support agency works to improve collection process

For people in Florida concerned about receiving child support, new improvements to the federal system could better ensure that payments are processed properly. In the fiscal year 2016, almost $33 billion in child support payments were collected by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. Of those, 75 percent were processed through income withholding via the payroll process at the payer's place of employment. The OCSE is working to make changes to improve its cooperation with payroll professionals.

How to pay child support

Parents in Florida and elsewhere may have several different options when it comes to making child support payments. Among the most convenient options may be using direct deposit to ensure that money is sent on time each month. However, noncustodial parents may also choose to mail a check or money order to the custodial parent instead.

New model may help with Florida child support enforcement

If a 2019 fiscal year budget request from the White House and Department of Health and Human Services is granted, $63 million will go toward a federal effort to collect child support. The Child Support Technology Fund would be used to monitor payment and enforcement, and states themselves would be able to have access to the system directly.

Company sues Mel Gibson's ex in child support-related dispute

Florida fans of actor Mel Gibson may be aware that he has a child by his former partner, Oksana Grigorieva. She had hired a forensic accounting firm to investigate Gibson and get an increase in her child support payments to more than $22,000 monthly for their daughter.

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