Again, paying child support is not an option. If your child’s father or mother has stopped paying child support or decreased the amount ordered to pay, enforcement action may be necessary. At Heller & Heller, P.A., we initiate necessary enforcement proceedings, asking the court to consider wage garnishment and even jail in cases where a noncustodial parent simply refuses to pay support they have the means to provide.
The court will sanction an increase, decrease, or cessation in Florida child support payments when illness, job loss, or disability changes the financial situation of a parent. However, in order to avoid legal complications later, it’s essential that you notify the court of your situation and have any modification in child support payments made by the court. The court will look to the date you filed a modification for child support. Therefore, if you believe a modification is needed you should not delay filing your request with the court.
If you enter into an informal agreement with your ex-spouse without involving the court, neither one of you will be protected if legal problems arise later. Additionally, even if you and your ex-spouse get along now, something could change, leaving you exposed to an enforcement proceeding and an order to pay back child support.
If you have questions about what you will be required to pay or what your child is eligible to receive in child support, contact family law attorneys Heller & Heller today. We can evaluate your financial situation and advise you about what you can expect and explain the legal options available to you.
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