Child support in Florida is legally enforceable by the court system. Here is a step-by-step guide to help Florida parents collect the owed amount.
Obtain a court order
You must first obtain a court order from the clerk of courts in your county. You can file for an administrative hearing or go to court to obtain a court order. When you do, make sure that the court order includes the name of your child’s other parent and their address if you have it.
Garnishment of wages or bank accounts
Once you have a court order, it can be used to garnish the other parent’s wages or bank accounts to collect the child support payments. This can be done through your county’s Child Support Enforcement Unit. This process involves a court order indicating that the other parent’s employer or bank must deduct a certain amount from their monthly wages or bank account and send it to you.
Seize property or other assets
If the other parent is not paying, you can file a motion with the court to have their property or other assets seized. This can include cars, boats, jewelry, or even tax refunds. In some cases, the court can order that these items be sold and the proceeds used to pay for the child support payments.
Enforce liens on the property
If the other parent owns real estate, you can file a lien to collect the child support payments. If the property is sold, you will be legally entitled to receive a portion of the proceeds. This same process can also be used to collect past-due child support payments.
With these steps, you should be able to collect your child support payments in Florida. The process may take time and effort, but it is essential to remember that your child deserves the financial support they are entitled to.