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Understanding the child support landscape

When many Florida parents first interact with the child support system, they may feel like they are facing a tangle of confusing terminology and bureaucracy. There are different types of child support cases that can help to differentiate parents in a range of situations. It may be obvious that some people pay child support privately from one parent to another, while others use a state payments system in order to transfer funds. These differences can reflect the type of child support case that a particular family is dealing with.

Child support and joint custody

One of the custody arrangements that Florida parents may be given if they get divorced is joint custody, or the shared legal and physical custody of their children. This means that both parents take part in the daily responsibilities of raising the children, which includes contributing financially.

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.

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