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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rap star Kodak Black was recently ordered to pay a Florida woman $4,200 per month in child support for the son that they share. The order ends a lengthy battle over child support during which the woman claimed that Black was hiding a portion of his income.
In Florida, reports indicate that American actress and television personality Jodie Sweetin may be prepared to contest ex-husband Morty Coyle's petition for more child support. Sweetin reportedly filed an income and expense declaration to the Superior Court of Los Angeles on Nov. 8 in advance of a Nov. 16 court date. That hearing has since been rescheduled for Dec. 15.
A Florida woman who says she had two children by baseball player Miguel Cabrera sued him for not providing sufficient child support. The woman says that although Cabrera has been married since 2002, she had children by him in 2013 and 2015. Cabrera and his wife have three children of their own.
Some Florida workers may have their wages garnished for child support. According to a study published Sept. 27 by the ADP Research Institute, about 7 percent of workers have their paychecks garnished. More than two-thirds of people whose wages are garnished are men, and the most common reason for garnishment is unpaid child support. The study used anonymous data from 12 million workers to reach its conclusions.
When an unmarried woman is seeking child support, Florida family law courts often require DNA testing before the man is ordered to make payments. Due to the advances in technology, DNA testing has high accuracy rates, leaving no doubt whether or not a man is related to the child.