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Child Support Attorneys in Lakeland, FL

Experienced Child Support Lawyers Serving Polk County

Agreeing to Child Support

In our state, a motion for contempt may come in two different ways. If the support payments are made directly to one parent to the other, the custodial parent may choose to file a private action in an effort to enforce the order. On the other hand, if the payments are made through the court, the Florida Department of Revenue may be the one who chooses to file a motion. If you have moved to Florida after the finalization of your divorce, you may have the order registered in Florida so it can be enforced here.

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What Are the Consequences of Not Paying Child Support in Florida?

The failure to pay child support in Florida can have serious consequences. If the motion for contempt is granted, the Department of Revenue can:

  • Suspend your driver's license;
  • Levy your bank accounts;
  • Seize your tax returns; or
  • Report you to a credit bureau.

The other parent can also take legal action against you. The court can order you to pay the overdue amount, and if you still do not pay, you may be held in contempt of court. This can result in fines, imprisonment, or both. Additionally, the court can garnish your wages or seize your property in order to pay the overdue child support.

When the Custodial Parent Is Withholding Child Visitation

It is important to note that being unlawfully denied access to your children by the custodial parent does NOT lawfully allow you to abstain from making the court ordered child support payments. An unlawful denial of access to your children should be handled appropriately by filing a visitation rights hearing. It's important that you don't take this kind of situation into your own hands, and instead, let the court determine how it should be handled.

What If I Can't Afford Child Support Payments?

If significant unforeseen circumstances exist that make it difficult to make the court ordered child support payments, rather than simply stop making child support payments, the lawful way to handle this situation is to file for a child support modification hearing. Resolving child support issues should always be conducted through the proper legal channels. If you have child support issues, it is important to know what your legal rights and options are to ensure your child support issues are handled properly.

How Our Experienced Child Support Lawyers Can Help

Advocate Law Firm, P.A., provides experienced legal counsel in Bartow, Lakeland, and throughout Polk County. I am committed to protecting the legal rights of each and every client, while striving to always provide the highest standard of legal representation. I ensure that my clients are fully aware of their legal rights as they apply to their family law situation, ensure my clients are made aware of all options available to them and aggressively represent, protect, and defend their rights with the dignity and respect they deserve.

If you have questions, concerns, or legal needs regarding child support enforcement, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Lakeland child support attorney. We offer services in English and Spanish.

Our Lakeland child support attorneys are here to aggressively fight for you in an effort to help you achieve your legal needs and goals. Contact Advocate Law Firm, P.A. by calling (863) 644-5566!

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